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Traditional Wassail

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Servings: 20
Categories: Alcoholic Beverages / Beer / Christmas / Cognac / Holidays

3  quarts  Ale or dark beer
750  milliliters  Sweet sherry
1  cup  Cognac, optional
2  cups  Brown sugar, packed
1  teaspoon  Ground ginger
1  teaspoon  Grated nutmeg
1    Lemon, sliced
10  slices  White bread, crusts removed
    -toasted, buttered, & quartered (optional)

Gently heat beer, sherry, cognac (if using) in large saucepan. Do not boil. Add sugar, ginger, and nutmeg and cook over low heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Pour into punchbowl and float lemon slices and toast on surface. Or, pass toast on a separate platter so people can dip it into drink.

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