Image Attribution: ©Flickr CC - "Wassail 2" 2013 by LearningLark

Image Attribution: ©Flickr CC – “Wassail 2” 2013 by LearningLark

Wassail is a wonderful holiday treat and is perfect for serving at your parties. It’s healthier than other holiday drinks and it warms the soul on cold nights.


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 oranges
  • Whole cloves
  • Allspice
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (or 3 Tbs. ground cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup brandy (optional)

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours

Set your crock-pot to its lower setting, and pour in apple cider, cranberry juice, honey and sugar, mixing carefully. As it heats up, stir so that the honey and sugar dissolve. Stud the oranges with the cloves, and place in the pot (they’ll float). Add allspice, ginger and nutmeg to taste — usually a couple of tablespoons of each are plenty. Finally, snap the cinnamon sticks in half and add those as well. Cover your pot and simmer 2 – 4 hours on low heat.

Original post 12/1/2010

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