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About this recipe: A Christmas and New Year tradition - and a must if you're Wassailing. Be sure to toast "Be in good health" before your first sip.

Audrey Wariner

Serves: 36 

  • 450g (16 oz) caster sugar
  • 1L (1 3/4 pints) water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 slice fresh root ginger
  • 1L (1 3/4 pints) orange juice
  • 450ml (16 fl oz) lemon juice
  • 2L (3 1/4 pints) apple juice

Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

  1. In a large saucepan over high heat, combine sugar and water. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and add cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, cloves and ginger. Cover and let stand in warm place for 1 hour.
  2. Strain liquid into a large pot. Just before serving, add juices and cider and quickly bring to the boil. Remove from heat and serve.

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Reviews (5)


Altered ingredient amounts. Excellent Wassail. A friend of mine made some brilliant Wassail last year and This beat it!. I left out the Ginger and it was fantastic. We let everyone spike it with Rum themselves. Great easy recipe. - 21 Jul 2008


Something else. The best! Try adding red wine... after this was finished simmering I put 1/2 in a pitcher for the kids, and added a whole bottle of cabernet to the rest for the adults. A real treat! - 21 Jul 2008


Our family and friends really enjoyed this - I had never tried wassail but wanted to. One comment was made that it tasted just like a holiday drink in Germany. - 21 Jul 2008

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