Evolution of Wassail
In ancient times there became a tradition of blessing the orchards. This would take place around the first of the new year. Farmers would gather in their orchards and give thanks for their harvest. They would drink a toast and bless the trees by drinking and pouring a warmed concoction of hard apple cider and other herbs, spices and spirits on to the roots of the trees.
Perhaps this was really just an excuse to get out of the house in the dead of winter and drink with their buddies. In any event, this tradition became known as “Wassailing”.
Over centuries, the tradition of “Wassailing” came to be associated with Christmas and as such, “Wassail” became the drink served in homes and taverns in celebration of the season.
As a beverage that was served hot, it
became quite popular in taverns who served it to travelers upon
arriving after a long cold journey .
The Carroll’s Mead Wassail recipe is, like Carroll’s Mead itself, lighter in style, which some find more desirable for festive occasions.
Carroll's Mead Wassail Recipe