Cranberry Wassail

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.


12 servings


1/2 gallon apple cider
1/2 gallon cranberry juice
1 cup lemon juice
1 1/4 cups pineapple juice
1 large orange, thinly sliced
24 whole cloves
1/4 cup clover honey
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
12 fresh mint leaves
12 orange slices for garnish


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.

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

Additional Information

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

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