After you feast on traditional Irish foods on Halloween you will need to wash it down with an old drink called Lambswool. The name Lambswool is believed to be derivative of the Irish Gaelic, “La Mas Nbhal” meaning ‘Feast of the Apples. The Gaelic saying was pronounced “Lammas-ool”. This ultimately evolved into Lambswool. There are several recipes for Lambswool that exist. But the drink basically consists of baked crushed apples(cored and crushed without skins), which are added to milk, and hot spiced ale, hard cider, and or wine. Grate in the nutmeg and some ginger. Add sugar according to taste.
About This Lambswool Recipe
“This is a traditional cider drink that was made and enjoyed on Twelfth Night (January 16-17) in Elizabethan England. It is said that it gets its name from the whiteness of the roasted apples as they fluff out of their skins while they cook. I haven’t made it yet, but I can't let go of the recipe every time I go to clean out my recipe box.”
- 4 pints of real ale ( Newcastle or similar)
- 2 -3 large apples
- 1 cup hard alcoholic cider ( such as Woodchuck or Hornsby’s)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cloves
- Preheat oven to 180°C: 350°F: Gas 4.
- Core the apples and bake in 350-degree oven for about 40 minutes until very soft.
- Squeeze all of the pulp from the apples and discard the skins then fluff the puree with a fork.
- Heat the ale and cider with the cinnamon stick and cloves.
- Add the apple puree and sugar to taste.
- Serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of Food.com