Catholic Recipe: Hot Mulled Wine
Also Called: Wassail
In the England of yesterday and today, New Year's Eve is celebrated with different forms of merrymaking and feasting, and the ancient holiday custom of the Wassail is much in vogue.
In America the observance of New Year's Eve takes many different forms — theater parties, dinners in cafes and clubs and restaurants; but we shall speak of one custom which many prefer. This is to spend the evening in one's own home with family and friends. For these, we suggest mulled wine.
Use a claret or Burgundy type. Pour into an enamel pot, add the cloves, the thinly pared rind of 1 lemon, the sugar and the cinnamon. Allow this to steep over a low flame, but it must never come to a boil. Serve hot.Recipe Source: Feast Day Cookbook by Katherine Burton and Helmut Ripperger, David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1951