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Traditional Winter Wassail

Celebrate the winter season with this warming drink.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make wassail, wassail recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com


  • 7-8 cups organic apple cider
  • 2 cups organic cranberry juice
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 allspice berries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 organic orange sliced into rounds (if organic is unavailable, just use a conventional one BUT you will want to peel it first.)
  • *Optional: 1 cup dark ale or wine of your choosing OR ½ cup rum or brandy in the pot. If you don’t want the whole pot spiked, you can do splashes of the alcohol in each mug. Since I serve this to my girls too I just add wine to the mug that my husband and I drink from.
  • *Optional: organic honey to sweeten if you desire – I usually don’t but it is good!


  • Tie up the cloves and allspice in a cheesecloth or small piece of tea towel using kitchen twine.
  • Put everything into a large soup or stock pot and bring to a low simmer.
  • Lower the heat and very low simmer the mixture for 2 hours before serving. Keep it on low or use a crockpot on low if serving over hours.