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Wassail .... Tis the Season To Be Jolly

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Whatever you celebrate, the cold, dark nights of winter are a great time to gather with friends to eat, drink and be merry. Wassailing is an ancient, Saxon (or probably earlier) custom that was celebrated on Twelth Night when the feudal Lords would give their "serfs" gifts of food and drink, in exchange for goodwill. The word 'wassail' comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase 'waes hael', which means 'good health'. Originally, the wassail was a drink made of mulled ale, curdled cream, roasted apples, eggs, spices and sugar. There are many recipe variations, but I like the one here

 

 http://nourishedkitchen.com/traditional-wassail-recipe/              

and of course you can find all the spices you need at The Herb Boat.

Wassail! wassail! all over the town,
Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown;
Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree;
With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink unto thee.

Exchanging gifts of food and drink is part of many celebrations and, if you don't fancy making Wassail. The Herb Boat’s Liqueur and Infusion Kits, and the delicious finished products, make great, affordable and unusual gifts ... and delicious liqueuers to help get the party started.

There is still time to make the warming, spiced liqueurs before the nights draw right in. Many modern liqueurs are derived from the tinctures and elixirs of old, originally used medicinally, but enjoyed for their unique flavours.

My seasonal favourite is the Spiced Cranberry and Orange Liqueur Kit, which makes a warming, beautiful red cocktail with lemonade or tonic ….  available in a gift bag £6 or a clip top jar for infusing in £7

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There are Artisan Gin making kits (from (£6 to £11) , and kits to “Pimp Up” shop Gin (£5) … Chin Chin!   …… 

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Get in touch with your Inner Pirate with a Spiced Rum Kit ….. Avast Behind!

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Invite the Green Fairy in with the Absinthe inspired “Green Fairy Liqueur Kit” … containing the “holy trinity” of absinthe production, Wormwood, Calamus Root and Hyssop, and more …..

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Warm your cockles with the Asian inspired Ginger and Lemongrass Liqueur and mix your own Harvey Wallbangers with the “Winter Wallbanger Kit” ….

Or if you need more than your cockles warming, try the “Love Potion Number 9” kit which contains a selection of herbs reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities to infuse in vodka and make a delicious “liqueur with benefits” …. Possibly!

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And of course, no Yule celebrations are complete without a glass of Mulled Wine …. Or cider …. The Herb Boat’s Mulled Wine Spices come with a muslin infuser bag and instructions (£3)

Please remember, it is not big, hard or clever to drink excessive quantities of alcohol ... even if it is a like a lot of fun at the time ... if you do over-do it, try my "Hangover Tea", a blend of herbs that help cleanse and detox the morning after.

CHEERS!!

Ttfn Bunny