This is the hot cider drink known as 'wassail,' traditionally drunk at Christmas and New Years. Be sure to toast "Be in good health" before your first sip.
Something else. The best! Try adding red wine... after this was finished simmering I put 1/2 in a pitcher for the kids, and added a whole bottle of cabernet to the rest for the adults. A real treat! - 21 Jul 2008
Altered ingredient amounts. Excellent Wassail. A friend of mine made some brilliant Wassail last year and This beat it!. I left out the Ginger and it was fantastic. We let everyone spike it with Rum themselves. Great easy recipe. - 21 Jul 2008
This has taken its place at our annual Christmas party. It was a hit, and fun to serve something "steeped" in tradition. - 21 Jul 2008