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Old Fashioned Wassail

by Amy D

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Old Fashioned Wassail takes apple juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and spices and transforms them into the ultimate winter warm-you-up drink. It’s like a hug from your grandma, but in a cup.

 We have a tradition in my house that started in October, but whenever October got too busy because of kids activities it moved to November and now it’s called Mocktoberfest. This is my own made-up holiday. On this day we all get together and go walk down to watch our small town’s holiday parade, we celebrate my sister’s birthday, everyone brings a crock pot of soup, and we spend the whole day talking and eating.

Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever done a small town holiday parade in north Missouri, but I’ll fill you in on how it goes. You get up pretty early and you go stand outside in the freezing butt cold for a couple hours to watch everyone you know and their uncle on their handmade parade floats and you stand there until you can’t feel your fingers or toes or your nose.

I started making this old fashioned wassail as a way to warm us up when we got back from the parade. Let me tell you there is nothing like walking into my house after standing outside in the cold and just being enveloped with the scent of this rich, spicy, and fruity apple cider drink. It is one of those things that just warms you from the inside out.

Real quick let’s  talk about wassail. I need you to help me settle an argument. How do you pronounce this word? Because I say wah-sail, like sailboat. My husband says wossil like rhymes with fossil. The internet says we are both right, which does nothing to settle this debate! So tell me how you say it!

Old fashioned wassail is the perfect drink for any holiday gatherings or parties, because it’s so easy to throw together. Simply pour 2 quarts of apple juice, 1 quart of cranberry juice, and 1 can of Dole pineapple juice into a 5 quart or larger crockpot. Slice an orange into 4-5 slices and stick 5 or so cloves into each orange slice. Add your clove studded oranges and 5 cinnamon sticks to the crockpot and cook it on low for 4-5 hours. That’s it! Easy peasy and it looks so pretty. If you don’t have a crockpot this large, you can make old fashioned wassail on the stove top. Just put the ingredients in a large stockpot and simmer for 25-30 minutes.

Old Fashioned Wassail

Old Fashioned Wassail

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Old Fashioned Wassail takes apple juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and spices and transforms them into the ultimate winter warm-you-up drink. 


  • 2 quarts apple juice
  • 1 quart cranberry juice
  • 1 (46 ounce) can Dole pineapple juice
  • 1 orange
  • 20-25 whole cloves
  • 5 cinnamon sticks


  1. Slice the orange into 4 to 5 slices. Push 4-5 cloves into each orange slice and set aside. 
  2. Add the juices to a 5-6 quart crockpot. 
  3. Add the oranges and cinnamon sticks to the juice mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Serve hot. 


This recipe can also be prepared in a large stockpot on the stove top.

If preparing on the stove top, simmer on low for 25-30 minutes.

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JulieW December 28, 2020 - 10:38 am

I’ve been reading a little bit about the history and origin of wassail, and according to the sources I’ve researched the correct pronunciation is WOS AYL (sail has two syllables and rhymes with trial).

Amy D December 28, 2020 - 4:08 pm

That’s a new one to me! I’ve never heard that pronunciation before. Thanks for sharing Julie!

Barbara December 17, 2020 - 8:18 pm

I am making this Christmas Eve. It looks and sounds wonderful. Having 20 for that day. They will love it.

Raydeen Graffam November 2, 2020 - 11:58 pm

SAIL – we sang the carol in college as part of the Glee Club http://www.lyricsondemand.com/christmascarols/w/wassailwassailalloverthetown2lyrics.html

Amy D November 4, 2020 - 2:59 pm

Yay, another vote for SAIL. I think I’ve pulled ahead in the votes.

Renee G October 29, 2020 - 7:57 pm

Does it matter if I use 100% cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail? Thanks!

Amy D November 12, 2020 - 2:48 pm

No, use whichever is available where you are Renee. Either should work fine.

Eric Ericson January 12, 2020 - 11:56 am

I found this a little late for Christmas, But it’s still winter and never to early for next Christmas. We pronounce it sail although I have heard the Gloucestershire Wassail sung wassil, wassail, and that is no help at all…

Amy D January 13, 2020 - 11:14 am

Wassail is great any time it’s cold out. In fact, I’m sitting here looking at a bunch of iced over trees outside wishing I had some right now. Thanks for your vote in the sail-sil debate. I’m beginning to think that there is no right answer.

Karen October 26, 2019 - 12:21 pm

Sorry, I’m with your husband … wassail rhymes with fossil. 🙂 I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!! Thank you.

Amy D October 29, 2019 - 4:06 pm

Hope you enjoy it Karen! (Even if you do pronounce it different than me.) 🙂

Erlene December 21, 2018 - 4:21 am

Not sure if I want to stand in the freezing cold, but I guess I wouldn’t mind coming back to drink this warm drink. Thanks for the recipe. Pinned.

Kam December 1, 2018 - 2:55 pm

Mmmm, this looks delicious! Love the addition of the cinnamon stick too, reminds me a lot of apple cider recipes I see.

Jamielyn November 28, 2018 - 7:49 pm

Wassail is a favorite at our house around the holidays! So delicious!

Valentina November 28, 2018 - 1:58 pm

Moctober Fest sounds so fun! I love family traditions like this — spending time together around food. And the drink looks delicious — I love how warming it must be. 🙂

Amy D November 29, 2018 - 8:59 am

It is a fun tradition. I’m hoping that by the time I’m an old lady I have a calendar full of my own made-up holidays to celebrate with my kids and grandkids!

TRENA HEINZ November 28, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Gotta be wah-sail! Don’t know how it could be anything else unless you’re a foreigner.
This is going on my to do list for when all the gang is here.
Happy Holidays!

Amy D November 29, 2018 - 8:50 am

One more vote for my side of the argument! Thanks Trena, I’ll let my husband know. I hope your gang enjoys this one as much as my gang does. Happy Holidays to you too.

Holly November 28, 2018 - 12:45 pm

What a festive and beautiful drink for the holidays!

Jenna November 28, 2018 - 12:23 pm

I was looking for something festive for Christmas and I’m happy to find it. This Wassail is a completely new drink for me.

Amy D November 29, 2018 - 8:50 am

Oh man, if you’ve never had it before you’re in for a treat!

Ann November 28, 2018 - 12:11 pm

I have had this, made by the Accidental Happy Baker herself, and it is absolutely wonderful! It is delicious and really does warm you inside and out, and she let me have some even though I wimped out on the parade this year.

Amy D November 29, 2018 - 8:51 am

I don’t blame you for not coming to the parade, it’s an early cold, cold, early morning.

Anvita November 28, 2018 - 10:54 am

This sounnds interesting. I have never had it but would love to try it. I love fruity drinks so this is perfect.


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