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Irish Galway Wassail

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup heavy cream
6 whole baked apples -- cut into small pieces
5 whole egg white
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
8 whole cloves
1 quart ale
1 cup cooking sherry
1 cup irish whiskey

Bring the water and cream to a slow boil and remove from heat. Beat egg whites well. Thoroughly mix in all the remaining ingredients except the alcohol. Allow mixture to cool slightly, so that it will not crack your punch bowl.

Blend in the alcohol just before serving.

**Be sure to offer the traditional toast to the old apple tree**