The term wassail has been used in the English language for more than 1,000 years, beginning as a simple greeting to wish someone well. During the 13th century, the term “wassail bowl” described a large bowl of ale in which revelers would dip bread and cakes (a practice which gave birth to our modern use of the word “toast”). Nowadays, though, wassail means one thing and one thing only: delicious, hot, spiced booze.
Essentially spiked mulled cider, Wassail landed in America when the Puritans brought it with them across the pond, and it paved the way for similar drinks such as the Hot Toddy and Eggnog. Although its contents have evolved over time, the spiced, boozy libation has always been a holiday favorite. Our version, made with bourbon, sherry, pear liqueur and allspice dram, is perfect for the transition from fall to winter, when it’s just cold enough to enjoy a warm beverage but the hibernial blues have yet to set in.