(Noun) The liquor in which healths were drunk; especially the spiced ale used in Twelfth-night and Christmas-eve celebrations.

In Context

“Simmering on the stove were two large stockpots – one filled with dark beer, cloves, orange peel and cinnamon for wassail, and another with apple juice and similar spices for a non-alcoholic hot cider.”

Elizabeth Bevarly, Jake’s Christmas, 1992.