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Wassail Christmas drink in a punch bowl title image


Wassail is a classic warm holiday drink made for a crowd.  It's non-alcoholic however can easily be spiked with bourbon or rum to suit your tastes!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas drink, wassail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 8-ounce servings
Calories 113 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 2 quarts (8 cups) Sweet Apple Cider
  • 5 cups Pineapple Juice
  • 2 cups No-Pulp Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 2-3 ounces Red Hots or Cinnamon Imperials (Baking Decorations)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a low simmer and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes for the flavors to blend.

  2. Strain into serving mugs and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Quantity of Red Hots

The original recipe which is from the early 1970's called for '1/2 a small package' of Red Hots. Since then multiple sizes of Red Hots and cinnamon imperials are available. The estimated amount is 2-3 ounces, or half of a 5.5 ounce package in current sizing. 

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113
% Daily Value*
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 298mg9%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Sugar 22g24%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 30.3mg37%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.