Wassail

Wassail is a sweet and spicy mulled cider full of citrus and cinnamon flavor. Make this cozy drink a part of your family holiday traditions!

You will love this easy to make mulled cider. Snuggle up around the fire, or cuddle up together and enjoy a cup soon, your taste buds will thank me. For more down right yummy drinks try Mexican Hot Chocolate, White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa, and Caramel Apple Cider.

Wassail in a glass mug with an orange slice and cinnamon stick

What is Wassail?

Wassail is a spiced ale or mulled wine drink (for a non alcoholic variation use apple cider). It was typically served to celebrate the Twelfth night and Christmas Eve. Wassail translates to “good health”. 

I love wassail. It is so cozy and delicious and reminds me of home. Growing up we always had wassail during the holidays. I looked forward to it every year.

The tang of orange juice, sweetness of apple, and spices pair perfectly for a warm cup of joy. To me, wassail is like a cupful of hugs! Add this to your holiday traditions…you will not be disappointed!

How to make wassail on the stovetop in a pan

How to Make Wassail

COMBINE. Combine all ingredients into a large pot.

SIMMER & SERVE. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks and serve warm. Keep warm by placing in slow cooker on WARM.

Recipe Tips + Tricks

Crock Pot: Making this in a slow cooker is not only easy but it fills your home with spicy goodness all day long. Be sure to dissolve the sugar in the apple cider juice, then add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH heat or 6-7 hours on LOW. Keem on the low or warm setting when serving. 

Give it as a gift: Whip up a batch of wassail and strain it. Add some orange slices, apple slices and cranberries to a quart size mason jar, then fill it up with wassail. Add a gift tag and deliver. 

Storage: Store wassail in the fridge for 7-10 days. You can also freeze it for 1-2 months. Reheat in a crockpot or over low heat on the stove.

Leftovers? No worries! It can also be used for more than just drinking. Use it to marinade or braze meat. You can also add oil and make a vinaigrette. 

Wassail drink in two glass mugs

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Wassail Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Wassail is a sweet and spicy mulled cider full of citrus and cinnamon flavor. Make this cozy drink a part of your family holiday traditions!
Course Drinks
Cuisine English
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 96 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients into a large pot.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks and serve warm. Keep warm by placing in slow cooker on WARM.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I have never made this, but I have tasted it & it was so good! It felt so nice going down! This will be my new go-to all winter!