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Wassail is a lovely spiced cider. I have made this recipe on both the stove and in my crockpot (though doubling the recipe in the later is tricky). Easy peasy stuff.

Wassail brings to mind the music minister’s wife at church. Well, he has since retired, so former music minister. His lovely wife made hundreds of gallons of wassail over the years for the choir members before performances.

It is nice for a sore throat or just as a way to warm up on a cold night. Bonus, it leaves your house smelling lovely.


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 12 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar to taste (Optional. You can use honey, but that would be better added to the cup after heating)

Combine all ingredients in a large pot (if doubling the recipe, which I always do, I find it is better done in a large stock pot or dutch oven). Bring to a nice simmer for at least 30 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

You can put cloves and cinnamon stick in a bit of cheese cloth if you do not want to bother with fishing them out (which is not hard with a nice slotted spoon).

I usually store left overs in the apple cider jug and heat up a cup at a time in a small pot on the stove.

9 thoughts on “Wassail

  1. Lovely! It so happens that I ended up with a couple of big cans of pineapple juice and was wondering what to do with them. Making Wassail sounds like a winner!
    Thanks for sharing, Robbi!

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