Wassailing weekends a tradition at Fly Creek Cider Mill.
It is the season for the Fly Creek Cider Mill to feature wassail, the traditional cider-based holiday drink. Sampling and spice mixes will be offered throughout the day for seven weekend starting November 7.
Steeped in tradition and legend, wassail dates from the 1300’s when sharing a pot of holiday wassail was a community event. The word evolved from the Old English “waes hael” meaning good health. It was the custom to drink and shout again “Waes Hael!” before passing the bowl on to the next eager participant. Wassailing became a tradition as carolers carried bowls of hot wassail for good health, refilling them from neighbor’s own simmering pots of wassail.
It is this celebration of friends and holiday spirit that prompts the Fly Creek Cider Mill to feature wassail and its preparation. “Wassail is a great use of our award-winning cider for experiencing the traditions of the past during the hectic holiday season,” states Mill co-owner Brenda Michaels. Mill visitors learn how to prepare wassail several different ways with a variety of different pre-mixed spice blends. Available too, are wassail gift mixes, a good way to spread holiday cheer with friends and family.
Cider will be available every day from 9:00 – 6:00 until the Mill closes for the season December 20. The Mill will re-open for its 160th season in the spring of 2016.
November 7 & 8
November 14 & 15
November 21 & 22
November 28 & 29
December 5 & 6
December 12 & 13
Our favorite Holiday Wassail recipe:
Holiday Wassail/Hot Mulled Fly Creek Cider
1/2 cup brown sugar dash or two of nutmeg
1 tsp. Whole Cloves* 3 inch cinnamon stick*
1 tsp. Whole Allspice* 1/2 Gallon FLY CREEK CIDER
Combine Fly Creek Cider Mill CIDER and all ingredients in a large saucepan or crock pot. Slowly bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Remove spices. Drop orange and apple slices on top. Simple, easy and delicious! Serves 8 people.
For a complete history of Wassail follow this link to Colonial Williamburg…