Wassail is a warm cider drink that has strong citrus flavors. This recipe is perfect for you to share at your holiday gathering of friends and family.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Festive Wassail: a warm cider drink with strong citrus flavors perfect for a holiday gathering of friends and family. | www.savortheflavour.com
Beverages, Christmas

Festive Wassail

Wassail is an apple cider beverage with a strong citrus flavor.🍊 The first time I remember having this delightful holiday drink was at the annual Christmas celebration at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation.  They made this British drink in a large cast iron pot hung over a fire.  It smelled and tasted wonderful, so I was determined to make up a batch at home!

Festive Wassail: a warm cider drink with strong citrus flavors perfect for a holiday gathering of friends and family. | www.savortheflavour.com

My version has a mixture of orange, cranberry, pineapple, and lemon juice along with the base of apple cider.  This drink is sweetened with brown sugar and is flavored with 6 mulling spices: cinnamon sticks, ginger root, whole cloves, allspice berries, lemon peel and orange peel.  Busy Baker 🍞 and I enjoy this delicious festive beverage even more than mulled apple cider!

Festive Wassail: a warm cider drink with strong citrus flavors perfect for a holiday gathering of friends and family. | www.savortheflavour.com

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Festive Wassail: a warm cider drink with strong citrus flavors perfect for a holiday gathering of friends and family. | www.savortheflavour.com

Festive Wassail


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 13 cups

Description

Wassail is a warm cider drink that has strong citrus flavors. This recipe is perfect for you to share at your holiday gathering of friends and family.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, squeezed from 4 lemons
  • 1/3 cup lemon rind, cut from 4 lemons
  • 1/2 cup orange rind, from one navel
  • 1-inch piece ginger root, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice berries

For Serving

  • 1 cinnamon stick and half a slice of a navel orange per serving cup

Instructions

  1. Pour the apple cider, orange juice, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice in a large pot.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar, whole cloves, and allspice berries.
  3. Cover the pot and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Peel the ginger root, slice it into thin coins, and add to the pot.  Stir.
  5. Cut off the rind from 4 lemons, slice into thin strips, then add to the pot.  Stir.
  6. Squeeze the juice from the 4 lemons and add it to the pot.
  7. Cut off the rind from 1 navel orange, and slice into thin strips then add to the pot.  Stir.
  8. Cut off the rind from 1 navel orange, and slice into thin strips.
  9. Add the 3 cinnamon sticks to the pot and stir.
  10. Turn the heat down to medium low and let the pot simmer with the lid on for one hour.
  11. Remove the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice berries as the flavor will be stronger if you leave them in for too long.
  12. Keep the lemon and orange peel in the wassail.
  13. If desired, garnish each cup with a cinnamon stick and a half a slice of orange.
  14. Serve warm.

Notes

  • If you don’t have the time to make your own peel, place a few slices of orange and lemon into the pot instead.
  • This can be easily made in a large crock pot if desired.
  • Unused juice can be frozen and thawed to make another batch of wassail later.

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