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Beverages with Alcohol

Wassail (English style)

Fill a saucepan or small stock pot with 1 gallon fresh apple cider, beer or mead. Mix 1–3 teaspoons of ground Bisschopswijn Mulling Spices with ½ cup sugar. Stir sugar into the liquids and dissolve. Simmer over low heat for 1–2 hours, serve hot, topping each cup with a slice to toast.

Wassail (Middle English ‘woes hoel” – ‘be you healthy’) refers both to the salute ‘Waes Hail’ and to the drink of wassail, a hot mulled cider drunk as part of wassailing, an English ritual intended to ensure a good apple harvest the following year.  Historically, the drink is a mulled cider, mulled beer or mead, made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and topped with slices of toast – which were sometimes hung in the branches of apple trees.  A group then sings: “Old apple tree, old apple tree, we’ve come to wassail thee, to bear and to bow apples enow, hats full, caps full, three bushel bags full, barn floors full and a little heap under the stairs.”

 

 

Bisschopswijn (Traditional Dutch Recipe)

Two 750ml bottles of dry red wine
2/3 cup of granulated white sugar
1oz (generous 1/4 cup) Bisschopswijn Mulling Spices

Stove Top or Crock Pot Method
Pour the red wine in a crock pot or sauce pan. Add the sugar and stir until it is dissolved. Place 1oz. of Bisschopswijn spices in the muslin bag* provided. Close the bag by pulling the strings. Place the bag of spices into the wine mixture. Cover the crock pot or sauce pan and heat the mixture until hot over a medium setting on your crock pot or medium heat on your stove top. Do not boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the sugar has dissolved completely. Taste the Bisschopswijn occasionally. Remove the spice bag when the desired amount of “spice” is reached. Ladle the hot Bisschopswijn into mugs and serve with a Cinnamon Stir Stick. Makes six 8 ounce cups.

We have sampled various versions of Bisschopswijn in The Netherlands, Gluhwein in Germany, Glogg in Sweden and Hot Wine in Czech Republic. They vary slightly from country to country and according to tradition. All of them have the same basic ingredients. Use your family recipe or experiment with others.

Hot Buttered Rum

1 pound butter, softened
1 pound brown sugar
1 pound powdered sugar
1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons ground Bisschopswijn Mulling Spices
Rum

Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Place sugars, softened ice cream, ground spices and butter in a mixing bowl and mix until well blended. You can do this in an electric mixer or by hand. Pour mixture into a plastic container, seal and freeze. When ready to serve, in a coffee mug measure 2–3 tablespoons of the batter, 1–2 ounces of your favorite rum and 6 ounces of hot water. Stir and serve. You can add a sprinkle of nutmeg on top or whipped cream. Try this with brandy, RumChata, amaretto or bourbon instead of rum.

Wassail

10 small apples
10 teaspoons brown sugar
2 bottles, .750 mL, dry sherry or dry Madeira
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
3 thick slices fresh ginger or candied ginger
2 tablespoons Bisschopswijn Mulling Spices
2 cups superfine sugar
1/2 cup water
6 eggs, separated
1 cup brandy

Core the apples and fill each with a teaspoon of brown sugar. Place in a baking pan and cover the bottom with 1/8-inch of water. Bake in a 350°F oven for 30 minutes or until tender. Place Bisschopswijn spices in a muslin steeping bag or large tea ball. Combine the sherry or Madeira, nutmeg, ginger, Bisschopswijn spices, sugar and water in a large, heavy saucepan and heat without letting the mixture come to a boil. Leave on very low heat. Beat the egg yolks until light and lemon-colored. Beat the whites until stiff and fold them into the yolks. Strain the wine mixture and add gradually to the eggs, stirring constantly. Add the brandy. Pour into a metal punch bowl or any heat proof bowl, float the apples on top and serve.

Wassail (Middle English ‘woes hoel” – ‘be you healthy’) refers both to the salute ‘Waes Hail’ and to the drink of wassail, a hot mulled cider drunk as part of wassailing, an English ritual intended to ensure a good apple harvest the following year.  Historically, the drink is a mulled cider, mulled beer or mead, made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and topped with slices of toast – which were sometimes hung in the branches of apple trees.  A group then sings: “Old apple tree, old apple tree, we’ve come to wassail thee, to bear and to bow apples enow, hats full, caps full, three bushel bags full, barn floors full and a little heap under the stairs.”

 

Here We Come A-wassailing

As with most carols, there are several related versions of the words. One version is presented below, based on the text given in The New Oxford Book of Carols. The verses are sung in 6/8 time, while the chorus switches to 2/2.

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.

REFRAIN:
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year.

Our wassail cup is made
Of the rosemary tree,
And so is your beer
Of the best barley.

REFRAIN

We are not daily beggars
That beg from door to door;
But we are neighbours’ children,
Whom you have seen before.

REFRAIN

Call up the butler of this house,
Put on his golden ring.
Let him bring us up a glass of beer,
And better we shall sing.

REFRAIN

We have got a little purse
Of stretching leather skin;
We want a little of your money
To line it well within.

REFRAIN

Bring us out a table
And spread it with a cloth;
Bring us out a mouldy cheese,
And some of your Christmas loaf.

REFRAIN

God bless the master of this house
Likewise the mistress too,
And all the little children
That round the table go.

REFRAIN

Good master and good mistress,
While you’re sitting by the fire,
Pray think of us poor children
Who are wandering in the mire.

REFRAIN

Sangria

1 bottle (.750 ml) red wine, light, fruity and dry
1/3 to 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup Bisschopswijn Mulling Spices
Juice of a large orange
1/2 cup of brandy
1 bag frozen berries (cranberries or any berries will work)
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
1 – 12oz can soda (club soda, ginger ale or any fizzy soda)

Pour 1 cup of the wine in a saucepan with the sugar and spice bag. Bring to a simmer on stove for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Discard spice bag. Pour mixture into a pitcher. Add remaining wine, brandy, and fruit, and chill thoroughly. Add soda and serve over ice. If you’re not serving it all at once add the soda to each serving rather than to the whole pitcher. It’s sangria, you can be creative with the fruit, amount of brandy or orange juice.

This recipe was given to us by one of our good customers. We love hearing from our customers and their creative recipes. Send us yours!

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