Wassail is a deeply rooted tradition in the
12 whole cloves
6 whole allspice
1/2 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
3 cinnamon sticks
12 whole white peppercorns
1 gallon fresh apple cider
6 oz. cranberry juice
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 oz. bourbon per drink
Garnish: ground nutmeg and 1 cinnamon stick per drink
To make the wassail: Wrap the cloves, allspice, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and peppercorns in cheesecloth and tie with kitchen string. In a large pot, heat the cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, and spice bag. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
To make the drink: Add the bourbon to a mug and fill with hot Wassail. Garnish with a dusting of the nutmeg and the cinnamon stick. Serves 10 to 12.