64oz. fresh apple cider
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 oz. (generous 1/4 cup) Bisschopswijn Mulling Spices
Follow the non-alcoholic recipe brewing method. You may not need the additional sugar depending on the sweetness of your apple cider.
42 Cup Percolator Style Coffee Maker Method**
Two 64oz bottles of cranberry juice
6 cups apple cider
6 cups dry red wine
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup apricot flavored brandy
4oz. (1 cup) Bisschopswijn Mulling Spices
Combine the cranberry juice, apple cider and red wine in the coffee maker reservoir. Place the brown sugar and Bisschopswijn spices in the basket of the coffee maker. You may use a paper filter but it is not necessary. Brew the mixture. When the brewing is complete add the apricot flavored brandy. Pour the hot Bisschopswijn into mugs and serve with a Cinnamon Stir Stick. Makes twenty-eight 8oz. cups.
You can use the same recipe and brew the mixture in a large stock pot. Use the brewing method under the basic Bisschopswijn recipe.
1 gallon apple cider
1 quart pineapple juice
1 can (6oz) frozen orange juice concentrate
¼ cup Bisschopswijn Mulling Spices
Place Bisschopswijn spices in a muslin steeping bag or large tea ball. Mix all ingredients in a large crock pot, add spices and simmer. Serve hot. Makes about 12 servings
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.”
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.
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.
We are not daily beggars
That beg from door to door;
But we are neighbours’ children,
Whom you have seen before.
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.
We have got a little purse
Of stretching leather skin;
We want a little of your money
To line it well within.
Bring us out a table
And spread it with a cloth;
Bring us out a mouldy cheese,
And some of your Christmas loaf.
God bless the master of this house
Likewise the mistress too,
And all the little children
That round the table go.
Good master and good mistress,
While you’re sitting by the fire,
Pray think of us poor children
Who are wandering in the mire.
1 cup instant tea granules
2 cups Tang, orange drink mix
2 teaspoons ground Bisschopswijn Mulling Spices
1 envelope powdered lemonade mix
1 1/2 cups sugar (or less)
Mix all together and keep in tightly covered jar. Use approximately two heaping teaspoons added to hot water for one cup of tea.
1 gallon eggnog
¼ cup Bisschopswijn Mulling Spices
Brandy or rum, optional, see our list of favorite liquors to add under the Hot Toddy page.
Place Bisschopswijn spices in a muslin steeping bag or large tea ball. In a sauce pan gently heat the eggnog and spices until hot. Remove the spice bag. Serve immediately. Do not leave the eggnog over heat for an extended period.