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Hot Wassail Recipe

Wassail originated in Germany and is a hot mulled cider. This recipe is tart, spicy, and not overly sweet. The wonderful aromas wafting from the simmering wassail will have you singing Christmas carols. Add red wine to taste for a spiced wine wassail.

Prep: 5 minutes | Simmer: 1 hour | Serves: 8-10



  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves, or 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan. Bring to simmer over medium low heat. Reduce heat and continue simmering for 45 minutes. Serve in your favorite tea cup or mug.

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