Traditional Wassail Recipe
You'll be ready to go a-wassailing with this hot toddy recipe that blends apple cider, orange juice and fall spices into a delicious warm beverage.
  • Makes: 8 servings of ⅔ cup each
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy

  • Nutrition Highlights: Apples contain cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber.

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  • Recipe From: Illinois Partners


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • ½ cup brandy, optional


  1. Mix juices, sugar and seasonings together. Add the brandy at this point to make the alcoholic wassail.

  2. Slowly bring to a boil in a large saucepan or pot. Boil for 1 minute.

  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

  4. Serve hot with sliced oranges floating in the punch bowl.

Tips & Notes

• The cider can be made a day ahead to steep. Just reheat when ready to serve.

• Did you know? It takes 36 apples to create 1 gallon of apple cider, which makes you appreciate it that much more.