This traditional English drink is the perfect combination of fruit and spices! Wassail mixes up in no time and is the perfect holiday crowd puller!
Food is always the highlight of the holidays, but what about the drinks? Christmas punch, pomegranate lemonade and cranberry and apple crush are the best recipes to accompany your dinner. They are so refreshing and delicious!
Amazing homemade Wassail recipe
If you are looking for a vacation drink recipe that is perfectly sweet and warms your soul, this is it! I love wassail. It’s like the love child of punch and mulled wine. It starts with an apple cider base and then I add orange and pineapple juice for the perfect fruity flavor! Combine these flavors with nutmeg, anise and cinnamon and you have a winning drink! It is so good! Make a lot of it because your guests will keep coming back!
And if you are wondering what exactly is Wassail? It is an old English word that comes from “waes-hael”, which means “on your health”. In the past, people made a variety of flavored ciders to share and enjoy with friends to celebrate the harvest. A thousand years later, we are still enjoying this delicious drink today! Make a pot of it at your next Christmas party to spread the joy! It’s so incredibly fragrant and refreshing, you won’t regret it! And if you’re looking for even more delicious holiday drinks, try my homemade eggnog and gingerbread cider!
What do I need to make Wassail?
No fancy ingredients are required here. Let your spice rack do the heavy lifting! Who would have thought that such a hearty, tangy drink could be created from a few spices and a mixture of fruit juices! You will love to sip on it. Looking for Measurements? You can find them in the recipe card at the end of the post!
- Cider: Apple juice can also be used, but I prefer cider for a more complex taste. Not to mention its smooth, thick consistency tastes great as a warm drink!
- orange juice: Citrus fruits help balance the flavors in the drink.
- Pineapple juice: I like to add pineapple juice for an extra fruity taste!
- Whole cloves: Cloves give your Wassail a warm, sweet flavor.
- cinnamon sticks: No holiday recipe is complete without some cinnamon!
- Star anise: Anise has a sweet, licorice-like taste that, when combined with the other flavors in this drink, tastes fantastic.
- nutmeg: For tasty, nutty warmth!
- Cranberries: They are not only beautiful and festive, but also help to give your Wassail a bitter taste.
- Sliced orange and apple: The addition of some sliced orange and apple pieces is the icing on the cake! It adds to the presentation and gives your drink more flavor.
Let’s make a Christmas juice!
This vacation drink is the easiest thing to throw together! You can impress your guests with minimal effort. Just make sure you have plenty of time to simmer for the flavors to unfold!
- Mix the juice: At the beginning add the apple cider, orange juice and pineapple juice in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add spices and garnish: Next, add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, star anise, nutmeg, cranberries, orange and apple slices.
- Simmer and serve: Simmer for an hour or all day. Serve hot.
Tips and tricks for making Christmas Wassail
You will love this traditional Christmas drink! Here are a few of my favorite tips to make it even better. It’s so good you might want it all year round!
- Use of high quality juices: For best results, use non-concentrate apple cider, orange and pineapple juice! The fresher these juices, the better your Wassail will be!
- Add foam: One way to increase the coziness of this drink is to add a sweet egg foam! I know it may sound strange, but imagine an eggnog level creaminess. To do this, separate egg whites and yolks. Beat your egg whites until you reach stiff tips. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks until frothy and bubbly, then mix with the egg white mixture. Add to very slow to your Wassail, mixing constantly to keep the eggs from messing up. When done right, you will get a creamy, tempered foam on top of your drink that is INCREDIBLE!
- Make it wet: Would you like to add a little more joy? You can make a drunken version of this drink by adding brandy, rum, or cider to your Wassail. Just be careful not to cook it over high heat so that the alcohol doesn’t burn.
Save leftover cider
Because the longer Wassail draws, the better it tastes, perfect for leftovers! It gets more aromatic when it rests in your fridge!
- In the refrigerator: Store leftover Wassail in a jug for up to 5 days.
- Warm up: When it’s ready to serve, heat Wassail over the stove over medium heat until simmering.
More delicious homemade drinks
Making drinks at home is fun and delicious! Here are some of my favorite drink recipes to get you through the holidays and beyond! Refreshing and aromatic, they are sure to become regulars in your beverage rotation. Whether fruity or creamy, you’ve come to the right place!
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the cider, orange juice, and pineapple juice.
Add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, star anise, nutmeg, cranberries, orange and apple slices.
Simmer for an hour or all day. Serve hot.
Calories183kcal (9%)carbohydrates45G (fifteen%)protein1G (2%)fat1G (2%)Saturated Fat1G (5%)Polyunsaturated fat1GMonounsaturated fatty acids1GTrans fatty acid1Gsodium12thmg (1%)potassium482mg (14%)fiber3G (12%)sugar35G (39%)Vitamin A190IE (4%)vitamin C47mg (57%)calcium66mg (7%)iron1mg (6%)
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Every recipe and nutritional value depends on the brands, measuring methods and serving sizes used per household.