Christmas Wassail

Christmas Recipes, Drinks, Holiday Recipes | 11 comments

There’s nothing better than snuggling under a blanket with a book and a hot cup of something delicious to drink with the glitter of Christmas ornaments and lights all around. That is what I’m hoping to do during Madeline’s nap time today. It’s fun to fall into the world of fictional characters once in a while and just let your own life’s imperfections disappear for a bit. I just finished Shutter Island which was, in a word, thrilling. Now I’m on to The Christmas Box for book club and a brand new food novel you might catch a glimpse of in the photo below.

Don’t have anything to read? Well then, you’ll have to keep your eyes open. I just might be giving away a copy (or two) of of The Recipe Club sometime this week. But I won’t tell you when. Not yet. In the meantime, here’s a recipe for Christmas Wassail, a favorite drink of mine this time of year. It makes the house smell delicious and it is sure to warm you up when it’s cold outside.

Wassail is a hot, spiced punch often associated with Christmas. The term itself is a contraction of the Middle English phrase wæs hæil, meaning “be healthy”. The origins of the practice of wassailing are closely connected with the history of the wassail -from Wikipedia

Christmas Wassail

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2 quarts apple juice
2 cups orange juice
1 1/2 cup 100% cranberry juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp whole cloves


Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn to low to keep warm or put in a crock-pot on warm to keep all day so it’s ready whenever you are.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Pili - December 14, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

    Hmmm, sounds like an awesome recipe!I love having days off in the winter, so I can curl up in the sofa and read!


  • 2
    marla (Family Fresh Cooking) - December 14, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

    This drink sounds so perfect for a chilly day. Don't you just loooovvee nap time :)


  • 3
    Tasty Eats At Home - December 14, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

    What a yummy treat! Might have to make some of this for the kids!


  • 4
    Cassie - December 14, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

    I had never even heard of Wassiel. I will have to try it!


  • 5
    Maria - December 14, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

    I have never had this, I bet it smells wonderful and warms you up!


  • 6
    Jason Sandeman - December 14, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

    I can just imagine the smells of your house while you are making this drink. After shovelling snow for what seems like an eternity, that drink would warm you to your bones. I am so serving that one for Christmas Eve.


  • 7
    Amy J in SC - December 14, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

    I enjoy the smell as much as the taste. Should go about to making some now.


  • 8
    Stephanie - December 14, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

    I just recently read The Christmas Box and it's such a sweet little book. It's a quick read so it's perfect for reading by the tree with a drink of some hot goodness.


  • 9
    Amy - December 14, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

    This sounds wonderful!! My mom's recipe (the one we make every year) is made with pineapple juice – this one sounds different and delicious!


  • 10
    Patricia P. - December 15, 2009 @ 4:30 am

    Sounds delicious!! And should smell even better.


  • 11
    Anonymous - December 16, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

    Wassail is a Christmas tradition at our house since we married in 1979. The recipe I use is the same as here, but w/o vanilla. The years my hubby has bought cranberry juice cocktail instead of 100% juice, it turned out fine. We even have special xmas mugs to drink our wassail. I began making it when we bought our first crockpot – bright orange w/o a removable crock. The recipe was in the accompanying book from Regal. I still make onion soup from the same book. Try wassail – you'll love it! Happy Holidays!!! Joan


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