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The Best Homemade Wassail

Seasonal scents of cinnamon and allspice float through the holiday air from this deliciously simple drink, which is The Best Homemade Wassail. Made with apple cider, cranberry juice, and orange juice, and steeped with fresh-cut fruit and spices. This heartwarming drink is a staple for toasting in warm moments.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 81kcal
Author: Aimee Mars


  • 1 pint Apple Cider
  • 3 cups Orange Juice
  • cups Cranberry Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Allspice
  • 4 Star Anise optional
  • 5 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 Orange sliced
  • 1 Apple cored and sliced


  • Pour the apple cider, orange juice, and cranberries in a large heavy-bottomed pot and set to medium heat on the stove. Bring to a slow boil and immediately reduce heat to low.
  • Place the whole allspice berries and the star anise (if using) in a tea strainer and add to the simmering pot. If you don't have a tea strainer use a coffee filter tied up with string or place the spices direction into the pot (you will just need to use a small slotted spoon to remove them before serving).
  • Add the cinnamon sticks, fresh cranberries, orange slices, and apple to the pot and let simmer for 30 minutes. Ladle into mugs and serve with your choice of alcohol if desired.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg