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Christmas Wassail

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 wassailfrom Wikipedia

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Christmas Wassail

Christmas Wassail

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Christmas Wassail is 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.


  • 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


  1. 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.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 131Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 12mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 1gSugar 27gProtein 1g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Wednesday 16th of December 2009

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

Patricia P.

Tuesday 15th of December 2009

Sounds delicious!! And should smell even better.


Monday 14th of December 2009

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


Monday 14th of December 2009

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.

Amy J in SC

Monday 14th of December 2009

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