I’m going to brag.
I’m not shy about telling you that you’ll love this wassail. I’ve spent many years perfecting and tweaking it, and it turns out that the best flavors are the simple ones.
Don’t restrict wassailing to just Christmas. All Fall and Winter, I make this comforting drink for parties, dinners, or just me by the fire. It warms my toes, and soothes my soul.
- 2 Gallons of Apple Cider (non-alcoholic) or Apple Juice
- 5 Blood Oranges
- 1 Lemon
- 4 Cinammon Sticks
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Ginger
- 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Cloves
Grown Up Version (Optional):
- 2 Cups of Red Wine or 1 1/2 Cups Sweet Vermouth
- 1/2 Cup of Gin
- Combine apple juice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a large pot or dutch oven and heat on medium.
- Add the juice of 3 oranges, and thinly slice the remaining oranges and the lemon. Place several slices into the wassail pot, and save the rest to garnish individual mugs.
- Add brown sugar and stir well.
- Continue heating on medium until well heated but not boiling (about 20-30 minutes).
- Serve immediately in large mugs with a half slice of orange or lemon floating on top.
For Grown Up Version:
Remove pot from heat before adding wine and gin.
If you are planning to keep some wassail for later, do not add the wine or gin to the pot. Add it only to the wassail you are serving now (about 2 tablespoons of wine and 1 teaspoon of gin per mug).