Warm up to a cup of this spiced up festive and easy homemade Wassail punch during your holiday celebrations.
Wassail, or hot mulled cider is a delicious warm beverage perfect for all throughout the holiday season. Make it for a fun holiday celebration or a cozy night in, either way nothing tastes (or smells!) more like everyone’s favorite season.
Every time I think about warm and spicy Wassail, I start humming the cheerful Wassailing tune in my head, then it’s stuck in there for a while. It’s a happy tune so I’m not complaining. Are you familiar with the song?
“Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year.”
Here’s a youtube link if you’re not familiar with it. But be forewarned, you’ll be humming it for the rest of the day!
This Wassail recipe comes from my mother and reminds me of home during the holidays. Not only is it delicious, warming you from your head to your toes, but it makes your home smell oh so wonderful!
- whole cloves
- 3 medium oranges
- 10 cinnamon sticks
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 1 1/2 cups orange juice
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups vodka
- 1/4 cup brandy
Insert cloves into two (2) of the oranges about 1/2-inch apart. Use a toothpick to make holes for cloves if needed. Slice the remaining orange; set aside.
Warm cider in a stockpot. Add oranges and orange slices, cinnamon sticks, orange juice and lemon juice; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for at least 30 minutes.
When ready to serve, carefully pour into heat-proof punch bowl; stir in vodka and brandy. Serve warm.
Omit alcohol for a non-alcoholic version.
Originally published November 12, 2105.