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Cider Wassail

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


12 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

This traditional wassail recipe came from a dear friend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where we lived for many years. Since it's warm, wonderful and non-alcoholic, we've even served it at church. This wassail drink is also perfect for a holiday open house. —Maryellen Hays, Wolcottville, Indiana
Cider Wassail Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • Dash ground cloves


  1. In a large saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks. Serve hot in mugs.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Add a splash of cinnamon whiskey for an adults-only treat.
  • When setting up a potluck, mark the table with sticky notes labeled for main dishes, sides, salads, drinks and desserts. Attendees will know where to place items and not have to ask.
  • Stay warm all winter long with these festive beverages.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cup: 107 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 17mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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