Rating: 4.68 stars
66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

This recipe is great to have with or after Christmas dinner. It's one of our Christmas traditions.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
36
Yield:
36 1/2-cup servings
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and add cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, cloves, and ginger. Cover and let stand in warm place for 1 hour.

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  • Strain liquid into a large pot. Just before serving, add juices and cider and quickly bring to boil. Remove from heat and serve.

Nutrition Facts

91 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 23.3g; fat 0.1g; sodium 3.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (44)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2008
This recipe ROCKS!! I made it for out office as an alternative to coffee. There are 7 of us and the recipe will fill a large crock pot, the oval kind you can fit ribs in. Well the 7 of us killed off the 35 servings the straight recipe will produce. (NOTE: put in the cloves LAST. Cloves when steeping have a time limit. When they steep for too long they'll make the wassail, or whatever they're steeping in, bitter!!) Read More
(47)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/07/2004
This recipe is WAAAAAAAY sweet. It reminded me of Jolly Rancher candies. If you can envision drinking Jolly Ranchers in liquid form and you think you would like it then you would like this recipe. VERY SWEET and VERY TART. Read More
(3)
66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2008
This recipe ROCKS!! I made it for out office as an alternative to coffee. There are 7 of us and the recipe will fill a large crock pot, the oval kind you can fit ribs in. Well the 7 of us killed off the 35 servings the straight recipe will produce. (NOTE: put in the cloves LAST. Cloves when steeping have a time limit. When they steep for too long they'll make the wassail, or whatever they're steeping in, bitter!!) Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2003
Move over mulled cider. This has taken its place at our annual Christmas party. I used cider instead of apple juice and used just 1 cup of lemon juice so it would be a little sweeter. It was a hit and fun to serve something "steeped" in tradition.:) Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2003
This will be my third year to make this recipe and it receives the best compliments ever. We just love it. I originally found the recipe to make for a warm Holiday punch to sell at a Christmas High School Band Concert I must admit most people did not know what Wassail was but it has caught on rapidly -- people now ask if we are going to have it. Read More
(24)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2003
The best! Try adding red wine... after this was finished simmering I put 1/2 in a pitcher for the kids and added a whole bottle of cabernet sauvignon to the rest for the adults. A real treat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
Excellent! It was a big hit with guests at our open house. It was very sweet so I may reduce the sugar next time. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2007
This is a great recipe for the holidays. If you want to add a little pizazz to the presentation add a few sliced oranges lemons and limes to the serving bowl. I insert whole cloves into an apple and let that float as well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2010
I've been making a version of this recipe for the last 3 years & it's always a favorite. I play around with the juice proportions a bit & now add 2 C of pineapple juice & only 1 C of lemon juice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2003
Our family and friends really enjoyed this - I had never tried wassail but wanted to. One comment was made that it tasted just like a holiday drink in Germany. I kept it warm in a crock pot - well actaully it needed several! Lion House recipes really are good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2003
Excellent Wassail. A friend of mine made some awesome Wassail last year and This beat it!. I left out the Ginger Root and it was fantastic. We let everyone spike it with Rum themselves. Great easy recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/07/2004
This recipe is WAAAAAAAY sweet. It reminded me of Jolly Rancher candies. If you can envision drinking Jolly Ranchers in liquid form and you think you would like it then you would like this recipe. VERY SWEET and VERY TART. Read More
(3)