Hot Wassail

Growing up, my aunt made wassail every Christmas. It was one of the things I always looked forward to because it’s like a warm hug for your tummy.

The only problem I had with waiting until Christmas for it was that I felt like the flavors actually embraced the fall season more than Christmas, lol. Or it could be I was just being impatient.

Either way, I love wassail and all it’s autumn yumminess! ? I found this recipe that’s pretty darn close to my aunt’s and is super easy to make.

Recipe courtesy of

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  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice (I prefer no pulp)
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves or 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pan.
  2. Bring to simmer over medium-low heat. Reduce heat and continue simmering for 45 minutes. Ladle into cups or mugs and enjoy!

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

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