Sunday, 6 December 2015
Ted mulls it over
This got me to thinking about what other hot drinks are traditionally associated with Christmas and the festive season. Hot chocolate and coffee drinks with liquor added, like the one from Ireland called “dead rabbit” that’s laden with Irish whiskey (and yes they do spell it with an “e”) are always popular. For some reason we seem to want to put butter into our hot drinks as well, like hot buttered rum and buttered beer - not to be mistaken for the Harry Potter favourite, Butter Beer which actually has no beer in it at all.
Thankfully we don’t put butter in that most classic of Christmas drinks “eggnog” … nope no butter just lashings of cream, booze and eggs – delicious. Mulled cider is a big favourite in the UK and it started life being called “wassail” (literally “be healthy”) and was traditionally drunk when “wassailing” (of course) which meant that you went to the apple orchards on the twelfth night of Christmas and sang to the cider apple trees to wake them up and scare off evil spirits, and then drank to their health with wassail.
… after which you got on your Caribou and went home …