Resurrect the ancient holiday ritual of Wassail this Christmas by whipping up a batch of the traditional drink. Invite friends over and toast to their health, like a king from the Middle Ages.
Step 1: Cut, fill, and bake apples Cut apples in half and core them, filling each with a teaspoon of brown sugar. Pour 1/8 inch of water in a baking pan and set them in. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, until they are softened.
Step 2: Heat the other ingredients Fill saucepan with the sherry or Madeira, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice berries, cinnamon, sugar, and water. Cook on low heat, not allowing the mixture to boil.
Step 3: Beat eggs Separate the egg yolks and beat them until light or lemon-colored. Beat the whites until they grow stiff, folding them into the yolks.
Step 4: Strain mixture into eggs Pour the wine mix through the strainer, adding it slowly to the eggs, stirring continually.
Step 5: Blend brandy Blend the brandy with the other ingredients to complete the liquid part of the drink.
Step 6: Pour and serve Pour into a punch bowl, and float apples on the surface. Serve to guests in mugs and toast to good health and good fortune.
FACT: Wassailing was a 14th-century Anglo Saxon custom for celebrating New Year's Eve and the 12 days of Christmas. The leader held up the bowl and shouted, "Wassail," or, "To your health."