Wassail recipe

This Classical Christmas drink was used to be drunk in the medieval times to be ensured that there would be a good cider apple harvest the next year. Wassail (Waes hail or hael depending on who you ask..) is an Anglo-Saxon word and it means Good health. Make a big saucepan of it, and enjoy this nice winter drink. And if you want, add some alcohol to it in the end.

  • 8 dl (2,5 cups) unfiltered apple juice (if you have your own apples just press them) or apple cider
  • 0,5 dl (1,3 cup) lemon or pineapple juice
  • 2,5 dl (1,2 cups) orange juice
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or 1/2 a inch nub of fresh peeled and finely chopped ginger
  • Just a tiny bit ground nutmeg
  • 5cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

A little extra touch

  • If you want some alcohol add some bourbon, port or vodka.
  • And you can boil the apples with the cloves poked into the apple. It looks beautiful if you wan’t to make a lot of it and serve in a big bowl.


  1. Add all the ingredients to a big saucepan, except if you want alcohol wait with that.
  2. Heat it all up and then let it simmer for 40 minutes.
  3. If you want to add some alcohol, add it before you serve.
  4. Remove the cloves, serve in mugs. It is a nice touch to keep the cinnamon stick in the mug.

In the old days the wassail was served in a big bowl. Often in pewter or silver, and nicely decorated.

By Malin Nordblom

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