In Old English, Wassail translates to “be you healthy,” and refers to both a verbal salute and a traditional mulled cider taken as a ritual to ensure a good apple harvest. Wassail is usually enjoyed during the holiday season, with a kick of Bourbon. It’s awful cheery and has many medicinal ingredients that will warm you from the inside out. So why limit this drink to Christmas and New Years? This would be a great beverage to bottle up in a thermos and take with you on a hike, or walk, or just enjoy at home with friends and family. Here’s a healthier version:
8 cups apple Juice or apple cider (look for one with the lowest amount of sugar)
2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice (not bottled!)
½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 whole cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
1.5 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into slices
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 green apple, peeled and cut into ¼ inch slices
Combine all ingredients in a large pot.
Bring to simmer over medium-low heat.
Reduce heat and continue simmering for 45 minutes, with the lid on.
Ladle into cups, mugs, or a thermos and enjoy!
Health Benefits According to Chinese Medicine
Oranges: moisten the lungs, strengthen the spleen, quenches thirst
Lemon: harmonizes the stomach, regulates Qi, benefits the liver
Cinnamon: strengthens stomach, warms coldness in the body, stops pain
Clove: Warms the stomach and kidneys, dispels internal cold, stops pain due to cold
Nutmeg: warms the middle, regulates Qi
Ginger: Strengthens lungs and stomach