Samhain • Celebration • Tradition
WHAT IS LAMB'S WOOL?
This is the perfect drink recipe for Samhain night. Lamb’s Wool is an old traditional Samhain beverage thought to be from the Irish Gaelic “La Mas Nbhal” – The Feast of Apple Gathering (pronounced Lammas-ool and eventually evolved into Lamb’s Wool).
There are many variations of this recipe, and you can change it up according to taste. It is basically a spiced warm drink with half ale and half apple cider. Many use baked crushed apples as a base but you can leave it out and just combine the alcohol and spices.
The basic Lamb's Wool recipe is:
- 1 part apple cider
- 1 part ale
- A teaspoon of cinnamon powder or stick per person
- 1-2 whole cloves per person
- sugar to taste
Use whatever spices you feel like using. I like to include star anise and I use brown sugar.
- Stir together the ale and cider in a saucepan on a low heat. Do not boil or you lose the alcohol and we don’t want that!!
- Add in spices.
- When it is nice and hot, add sugar to taste and serve immediately.
If using apples:
- Core and bake 2-3 apples at 180degC (350degF) until very soft (about 30-40 minutes).
- Squeeze the pulp from the apples, discard the skin and mix the puree with a fork.
- Add the puree to the heated ale, cider, spices and then add sugar to taste.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
- Herbal Lore: Cinnamon
- Herbal Lore: Cloves
- Herbal Lore: Star Anise
- Sabbats: Samhain
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