Wassail Punch

5 pints Apple Cider
1 pint Orange Juice
1 pint Cranberry Juice
1 cup Pineapple Juice
2 cups Brown Sugar
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 whole Allspice
1 Tbsp whole Cloves
1/2 tsp fresh Ginger, sliced
5 Apples
1 Orange, thinly sliced across grain
1 Lemon, thinly sliced across grain


  • In a large pot (at least 1 gallon), bring the Cider and Juices to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, add the Sugar, stirring to dissolve the Sugar.
  • In a cheesecloth, combine Cinnamon, Allspice, Cloves and Ginger; then set afloat in the Cider mixture.
  • Pierce the apples on all sides with a knife, and set afloat
  • Add the lemon slices and orange slices afloat
  • Keep on medium heat for 20 minutes, reducing heat if it begins to boil.
Makes about 1 gallon

NOTES: Wassail is a mulled ale that is traditionally served in the winter months. The name comes from the late Old English phrase “wæs hæil” which meant “be of (good) health”. Wassail would have traditionally be served in a large communal wooden bowl with “Sops” or thick-cut Toast floating in it.

This punch, is a non-alcoholic form based on Apple Cider rather than the traditional Ale.

See Also:
Traditional Wassail


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