Wassail Cup

Old Twelfth Night was celebrated on 17th January rather than 6th January as nowadays. In tradition to ensure a future good crop of apple people would gather around the best apple tree in the orchard with the wassail cup and make noises to frighten away the demons of bad luck.


  • 3 Red Apples
  • 3 tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1.2 L Red Wine or Brown Ale
  • 150ml Sherry, sweet
  • 1/4tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4tsp Nutmeg, ground
  • 1/4tsp Ginger, ground
  • 1 Lemon, finely pared rind


  1. Slit the apple skins in the centre.
  2. Bake with the sugar and 50ml of the wine in a covered ovenproof dish at Gas 4, 180C until softened.
  3. Place the other ingredients in a pan and slowly bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce to a simmer and cover for about 5 mins.
  5. Add the whole cooked apples with juices and mix. Serve immediately.