Delicious Holiday Wassail

I love fall weather. I love the crispy leaves, caramel apples, and fall fashion.  This morning, I was ecstatic to find the temperature in the 60’s as I escorted the Netflix DVD to the mailbox. I decided to celebrate by making some of my favorite homemade wassail.


I admit that I used to hate wassail.

That all changed a few years ago when a bank co-worker brought some for his assigned “treat day” during the holidays. Initially, I poured a cup (just to be polite) but soon found myself pouring another cup, and another, and another. Thankfully, he was willing to share his absolutely delicious recipe and I am going to share it with you. (If you are wondering what wassail is, I think its closest relative is hot cider.)


  • 1 gallon of water 
  •  3 C. granulated sugar 
  •  2 cinnamon sticks 
  •  10 whole cloves 
  •  8 allspice berries 
  •  One 12 oz. can frozen lemonade 
  •  One 12 oz. can frozen orange juice 
  •  64 oz. cran-raspberry juice

  1. In a large soup terrine, combine the water, sugar, and spices.  Bring to a boil.
  2. Remove the spices.  Add juices to the pot and stir together. Reheat and serve. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to pour myself another cup.


  1. Clare

    October 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I stole this recipe before we left Utah, and my Mom loved it. I usually scale back the orange juice, though, so I can taste the cran raspberry more.

  2. Victoria Paige @ Boutique Uniquely

    October 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Sounds interesting. Might have to try that! 🙂

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