Homemade Wassail Recipe

A homemade wassail recipe made from tea, juices of apple, orange, pineapple, and lemon along with cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Serve this hot spiced mulled cider on those cold fall and winter days.

This is also a nice choice to serve after ice skating, skiing, or Christmas caroling.

The flavors of apple, orange, and pineapple blend with the aromatic spices of cinnamon, cloves, and allspice will fill your home with the warm aromas of the holidays.

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Turn on a bit of music and listen to the carols being played and enjoy a hot mug of delicious homemade spiced cider.

This particular version is non-alcoholic and uses ginger ale, but if you want to add a few cups of your favorite bourbon or whiskey instead, your adult friends will be happy!

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You can also make this in a crock pot too!

Homemade Wassail Recipe

Homemade Wassail Recipe

Wassail is a spiced mulled cider made from tea, juices of apple, orange, pineapple, and lemon along with cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Add ginger ale or your favorite bourbon or whiskey.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade wassail recipe
Servings: 24
Author: Laura Warnke


  • cheesecloth


Spice Bag

  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves


  • 8 cups sweet apple cider
  • 1/2 cup very strong hot tea
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups pineapple juice unsweetened
  • the juice of two lemons
  • 2 cups ginger ale room temperature OR 2 cups your choice bourbon or whiskey


  • Tie the allspice, cinnamon, and whole cloves in a cheese cloth bag.
  • In a large heavy duty kettle, heat the apple cider along with the spice bag.
  • Pour the hot tea over sugar to dissolve and combine in the kettle with cider.
  • Add the orange, pineapple, and lemon juices to the cider. Heat through, but do not boil.
  • Remove the spice bag.
  • Add room temperature ginger ale or the bourbon/whiskey just before serving.
  • Ladle into cups for serving.


Serves 20-25 (5-6 ounce servings).
If you are having fewer guests, cut this recipe in half. There will still be plenty for everyone to enjoy.
You can also make this in a crock pot too!

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