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Wassail is a beverage dating back to the Middle Ages. The word is derived from Old Norse, meaning “in good health.” This evolved into visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health. The actual ingredients in traditional wassail are widely disputed. This could be attributable to the fact that festive bands who traveled from home to home often replenished the bowl with whatever liquid refreshment was available. While one home might have apple cider, another might have spirits of a stronger sort such as ale, wine or hard cider. Most modern recipes for wassail use hot apple cider simmered with spices and sweetened with honey.

Source: www.tlc.howstuffworks.com

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