I fell in love with cooking at a very young age and devoured cookbooks the way other people ate Tic Tacs. When I was still a teenager, I realized that the best way to understand a culture was through its food. I traveled throughout Europe for years, cooking and learning and cooking some more. When I came back Stateside, I knew my love of food, culture, and people was always going to be my bread and butter. But it wasn't until I opened up my first restaurant—named after my great-grandmother Lucille—that I fully embraced just how much meaning my family recipes carried for me, and by extension, for our guests too.
Wassail was a Christmas tradition when I was growing up, and it was one of my great-grandmother's favorites. We served the drink to the traveling circus of friends and family who filled our home every December. And now at Lucille's, the wassail is offered with the same spirit of joy behind it. Served warm in a coupe glass, it's garnished with a dehydrated lemon slice and a cinnamon stick.
Our version shows a little of my own touch, too, by incorporating a couple of unexpected ingredients that truly make it sing: nutmeg and vodka. The nutmeg gives the drink a palpable but not overpowering zing of spice. We use Highway Vodka, a hemp-based product of my brother's Houston distillery. The spirit is incredibly clean, and it imparts a velvety viscosity to any cocktail. Clearly, we like to keep things in the family, especially around Christmastime.
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