Light Wassail


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Average: 4.4 (12 votes)

Wonderful with just the right amount of spices. A great drink any time, especially during the holidays and colder months when one is tired of hot chocolate. The kids will like it too.


1 gallon apple cider
2 cups cranberry juice
1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar, to taste
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 orange, thinly sliced


Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan or pot, adjusting sugar to taste, and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve in mugs, or pour into a punch bowl and serve warm in cups.

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Makes 10 to 12 servings.


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Interesting! I hope that

Interesting! I hope that everyone had a great and safe weekend, had a merry Christmas and has a Happy New Year.

Very good,this is the best

Very good,this is the best recipe I have found for wassail.

Yes, brandy IS nice, and so

Yes, brandy IS nice, and so is rum or vodka or apple liqueurs like Calvados. I just put the bottles near the cups so folks can add, or not, as I do with punch. Funny -- I was about to deep-six an old crock pot because it didn't have a removable crock, but then I realized it could become my go-to wassail pot!

at a party, leave in crockpot

at a party, leave in crockpot on warm.

Add a little brandy for the

Add a little brandy for the grownups!

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