I was given this recipe when touring a home in our community that was presented in full period costume and celebration for the Christmas holiday. In 1821 a German settler brought to the area the first tree for decorating, presented the traditional Yule Log ceremony and offered Wassail Punch.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Wrap the cloves, cinnamon stick, and ginger in cheese cloth, and tie with string.

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  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water and spice bag. Simmer and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and refrigerate overnight.

  • Before serving, stir in the orange juice, lemon juice, and cider. Reheat over medium low flame, and serve warm. Be careful not to boil.

Nutrition Facts

128.1 calories; 0.4 g protein; 32.5 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 11.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2003
SUPERB!! We have two evening services at our church on Christmas eve and I made this for my fellow choir members to sooth our throats between services. It was a tremendous hit and I've been advised to make it part of our tradition. I was afraid it would make too much but every bit was GONE. NB...this recipe makes 2 gallons Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2003
It was a good recipe but I think that the combination of the lemon & the orange make it too bitter. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
SUPERB!! We have two evening services at our church on Christmas eve and I made this for my fellow choir members to sooth our throats between services. It was a tremendous hit and I've been advised to make it part of our tradition. I was afraid it would make too much but every bit was GONE. NB...this recipe makes 2 gallons Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2006
Loved Loved Loved It. I used ground ginger due to the cost of crystalized ginger. Also used apple juice due to availability.I used 64 ouces of apple juice and 1 teaspoon each of ground ginger and nutmeg about 1 1/2 tablespoons of whole cloves and substituted brown sugar for white. I also adjusted the juices accordingly using 3 cups of Orange Juice and 3/4 c lemon juice 3 cinnamon sticks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2013
I have been making this German favorite for over 30 years and I love it! The only thing I do differently is I cut the lemon juice to just one cup instead of two. I also make sure to use Apple CIDER not Apple juice. Apple Cider gives it a richer flavor and it holds up when heated better. Love the way my home smells when I make this during the holidays. Don't forget to try it with your favorite rum or brandy for a nice night cap.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2005
Overall very good wassail! I've made this a couple of time and I find the lemon juice to be overpowering. I now decrease the amount of lemon juice and add pomagrante juice. It gives a nice kick to the flavor. I also use ground ginger instead of crystallized and it works just fine. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/19/2003
It was a good recipe but I think that the combination of the lemon & the orange make it too bitter. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2008
Very good! This is almost exactly like my favorite Wassail the only difference being the omission of cardamom in this recipe. I toss in a few whole green cardamom pods with the other spices. (Sorry for being inexact - the number depends on the amount of Wassail and the size and freshness of the pods... and personal taste. Try 1 or 2 if you are not accustomed to the flavor of cardamom.) DO use real oranges and lemons (not juice concentrates) - the fresh juices make all the difference in the world. Worth the work of all of that squeezing:-) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2006
Very tasty and what an aroma! Makes a ton...next time I will make less and also use less sugar - I found the natural sugars in the cider oj and lemon juice to be very sweet so adding all that additional sugar was too much. But a very tasty combination of flavors. This definitely makes my holiday drink list. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2007
I've made this for Christmas parties and folks really like it. It's delicious and so nice because it's a very warm punch when it's cold outside! I just keep it simmering on the stove during a party. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
A holiday hit! Both church and work parties loved this. Good with a bit of rum too! Read More
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