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How to make Lambs Wool: A traditional Halloween Drink

Updated on October 2, 2012
Lambs Wool. Traditional Halloween drink
Lambs Wool. Traditional Halloween drink
Celts believed their dead came back on Hallowed evening.
Celts believed their dead came back on Hallowed evening.
Traditionally In Ireland turnips were used instead of pumpkins
Traditionally In Ireland turnips were used instead of pumpkins
Ireland's Death Messenger, the Banshee.
Ireland's Death Messenger, the Banshee.
Lambswool is made from apples. sugar, cider and spices.
Lambswool is made from apples. sugar, cider and spices.

Halloween traditional drink

Halloween in Celtic times was the ultimate celebration at the end of the harvest season. The last night of autumn before the old year passed and the new one began. Hallowed evening was also the one time during the year when all the spirits from the other world were given a free reign to walk the earth and revisit their former earthly domain.

The Celts at this time believed that on Halloween the usual barrier that existed between the old and the new worlds was opened and became a portal through which the dead could pass back through it and regain access to their world.

So it was no surprise then that the Celtic race often decided they needed to partake of a few stiff spirits of their own to build up their nerve to get them through this night that they believed to be the ultimate party of the damned.

The most traditional known Halloween drink in Ireland is known as Lambs Wool and is made using milk and crushed apples

Lambs Wool ( A traditional Halloween Drink)


  • 6 Baking Apples
  • 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar,
  • 2 table spoons of cider (this can be replaced with ginger ale for children)
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • A pinch of Cinnamon
  • A pinch of ground ginger

What Do I Need To Do

1. Firstly you will need to bake the apples in a baking tray at 450F for about an hour. Or until the apples soften or begin bursting. (An alternative - and quicker- procedure is to peel and boil the apples until they are very soft and flaky.) You can then leave the apples whole, or break them up.

2. In a large saucepan, dissolve the sugar a few tablespoons at a time. Then add the cider or ginger ale, taste it and check it for level of sweetness (this is up to you depending on how you like it). Now add your spices and then bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. Pour the liquid over the apples in a large punch bowl, or else pour into large heat resistant mugs.

3. You should have about 8 good size cups of Lambs Wool. Nuts make a very nice accompaniment to Lamb's Wool (they were originally roasted in with the apples.) Enjoy but hope you don’t overdo it and end up hearing lots of unleashed spirits swirling around you the next morning.

Happy Halloween.


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      Dougie Upton 

      13 months ago

      Do you really mean just two tablespoons of cider?

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      Mary Kelly Godley 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Yeah guaranteed to help you have a happy Halloween. Provided you have a sweet tooth of course.

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      Georgina Crawford 

      6 years ago from Dartmoor

      Sounds potent! Great hub.


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