Wassail—a family tradition on a cold New Year’s Day

Here we go a-wassailling!

A pot of this is usually simmering away on one of our family’s stoves during the holidays.  The original recipe came from Stir Ups (see “Great Cookbooks I Can’t Live Without“).   I have modified it a bit to make it easier.  Feel free to use different juices and nectars for a different take. 

This is a great recipe that we always go back to. 


4 c. pineapple juice
2-5.5 oz. cans apricot nectar
4 c. apple cider
1 c. orange juice
3 small cinnamon sticks

Place in a tea ball:
1 t. whole cloves
1/4 t. whole cardamom seeds, crushed

Combine all ingredients in a large kettle.  Place tea ball with spices in liquid.  Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Strain into hot mugs.  (You can also stud a clementine with cloves and float it in the wassail as it simmers.  I like to add sliced lemons too.)

For the adults, add cognac or dark rum.

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