Cranberry Wassail Recipe -
Cranberry Wassail Recipe
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Cranberry Wassail

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"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."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    30 mins


  1. 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.
  2. Serve warm and garnish each cup with mint and an orange slice.
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  • Cook's Note
  • For a bolder taste, refrigerate the wassail for a couple of days and reheat on the stove.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 21, 2007

I've made this recipe for years. I use a big 30-cup perculator and put the spices in the basket and the juices where the water goes. It makes the house smell as good as the Wassail tastes

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 27, 2013

too much cranberry. My family thought it needed more spice.


17 Ratings

Dec 22, 2009

Spiked it with spiced rum, very good. Tried to cut back on the sugar, but it reallly did require the full amount.

Dec 01, 2010

Made this for Thanksgiving this year and everyone loved it! I made it in the crock pot and put it on high for about 45 minutes. We will be making this again!

Jan 06, 2008

Delicious! My oranges sort of disentengrated, maybe I let it simmer too long, but it didn't seem to matter, I strained it and it was very delicious!

Dec 23, 2007


Oct 13, 2009

DELICIOUS smell and taste, and a huge hit at my potluck. My oranges also disintegrated, but it tasted so good nobody seemed to mind a bit of pulp. Next time I will try simmering the oranges in cheesecloth so the pieces don't ruin the look of the wassail. I will be making this over and over again!

Apr 14, 2010

We loved this! I made this over the past Christmas season, and it was excellent! Will definitely make it traditionally from now on!


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  • Calories
  • 276 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 69.8 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 28 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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