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Cranberry Wassail

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

30 Minutes





About the Recipe

This is a traditional spiced holiday drink with an added twist. Enjoy this wonderful wassail for a cold winter day or to serve at Christmas parties.


  • ½ gallon apple cider

  • ½ gallon cranberry juice

  • 1 cup lemon juice

  • 1 ¼ cups pineapple juice

  • 1 large orange, thinly sliced

  • 24 whole cloves

  • ¼ cup clover honey

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger


  • 12 fresh mint leaves

  • 12 orange slices for garnish


Step 1

  • In a large saucepan or pot, combine cider, cranberry juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, orange slices, cloves, honey, sugar, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer; add nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

  • Serve warm and garnish each cup with mint and an orange slice.

Cook's Note

For a bolder taste, refrigerate the wassail for a couple of days and reheat on the stove.

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