TRR photo by Sandy Long

Boilo: A coal country cocktail

By SANDY LONG

NORTHEASTERN PA—Intensely fragrant steam rises from the simmering pot. Fruits, spices and honey swirl in a kaleidoscope of colors and holiday scents of cinnamon, cloves and caraway. Boilo-making has begun.

The traditional Yuletide drink of the anthracite coal region in Northeast and East Central Pennsylvania, Boilo has simmered on coal stoves for many years as generations of miners perfected recipes to sip and share with family and friends during the holiday season.

Coal region lore has it that Boilo helps to fend off seasonal ailments such as colds and flus. The syrupy drink is heated and sipped slowly, encouraging lingering conversations and thoughtful ruminations. As the drink is consumed, its heady fragrance wakes the senses and warms the body.

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