1893 text

A beverage consisting of ale mixed with sugar, nutmeg, and the pulp of roasted apples. “A cupp of lamb’s-wool they dranke unto him then.” The King and the Miller of Mansfield (Percy’s “Reliques,” Series III., book ii., No. 20).

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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"Apples and ale" are mentioned on 5 January 1662/63: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1…

A NOTTINGHAMSHIRE correspondent tells us, that, when he was a school boy, the practice on Christmas-eve was to roast apples on a string till they dropt into a large bowl of spiced ale, which is the whole Composition of "Lamb's Wool."
---The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 55. 1784.

LAMBS-WOOL. Ale mixed with the pulp of roasted apples.
---A Dictionary Of The English Language. Samuel Johnson, 1756.

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