Wassail (Warm Autumn Punch)

10.29.2018

Wassail is one of those things that you just need to make at least once every fall. It’s a warm apple cider punch that’s perfectly cozy and comforting for chilly autumn days. It’s sweet and perfectly spiced. This recipe makes a big batch so it’s perfect for parties!

Wassail Warm Autumn Punch

The Best Wassail Recipe!

This warm, spiced apple cider punch is one of the best ways to enjoy a chilly day! It’s sweet and tangy and perfectly bright and refreshing.

It’s made with 100% juice and a hint of honey so it’s a drink you can feel fine about enjoying. And kids love it too!

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I’ve had many different versions of wassail a lot of which I found too tart or over-spiced, this is the version I love best!

What is Wassail Anyway?

Generally Wassail is a spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve. Many versions though here in the U.S. are alcohol free, as is this one (though if preferred you could add vodka or rum).

Wassail Warm Apple Cider Autumn Punch

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Punch

  • Apple cider
  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves

Tips when selecting ingredients – use not from concentrate juices and real apple cider (the kind generally found in the produce section with floaties in the bottom).

Wassail Warm Autumn Punch

How to Make Wassail

  • In a large pot stir together apple cider, pineapple juice, orange juice and honey.
  • Add cinnamon sticks and cloves (if you don’t want to strain later on put spices in cheesecloth and tie).

Wassail Warm Autumn Punch

  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer 30 minutes.
  • Strain and serve warm.

Wassail Warm Autumn Punch

Garnish if Desired

You can cook a few apple slices with it but I prefer not to cook oranges slices in the punch because it can add a bitter flavor from the white pith. But if you wait to add the oranges slices add it at the end it won’t really add bitterness.

Garnishing Ideas:

  • Apple slices (look for the pretty red Galas)
  • Mandarin oranges slices (use quartered slices for individual servings)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Fresh cranberries

Wassail Warm Autumn Punch

Can I Make It in the Slow Cooker?

You can definitely make this in the slow cooker as well. Just add ingredients to a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker, cover and cook on low 4 hours. Set to warm setting for parties to keep it heated.

Can I Reheat It?

If you didn’t finish off the whole batch you can just chill whats left and rewarm later (either in the microwave, stovetop or slow cooker).

Wassail Warm Autumn Punch

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Wassail (Warm Autumn Punch)

5 from 1 vote

This is the perfect cozy comforting fall drink! It's made with robust cider, tangy orange juice and sweet pineapple juice. Then add honey to taste (I like 2 Tbsp) and don't leave out those flavorful seasonal spices. They really make this drink!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Wassail, Wassail Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 135 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 1 (46 oz) can pineapple juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey (optional, or to taste)
  • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp cloves

Instructions

  1. In a large pot (at least 6 quarts or larger) whisk together apple cider, pineapple juice, orange juice and honey. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer 30 minutes.

  3. Strain and serve warm. Garnish if desired (see notes).

Recipe Notes

  • For best results use real apple cider (the kind generally found in the produce section in the fall). For best flavor use "not from concentrate" pineapple juice and orange juice.
  • If you don't want to strain later on put cinnamon and cloves in cheesecloth and tie, then just remove at the end and serve.
  • You can make it in the slow cooker too! Cook, covered, on low heat 3 hours.
  • Garnish with fresh apples slices, mandarin oranges slices, cinnamon sticks or fresh cranberries if desired.
  • Recipe source: adapted slightly from Allrecipes.
Nutrition Facts
Wassail (Warm Autumn Punch)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135
% Daily Value*
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 339mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Sugars 27g
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 42%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5 comments

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: So cozy and delicious, I love this punch! November 10, 2018 at 10:17pm Reply

  • Karrie: Just made a batch, my whole family loved it! Thanks for the recipe. October 30, 2018 at 10:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your review! October 31, 2018 at 9:07pm Reply

  • Robby H.: This brings back warm memories. My aunt used to have this ready for us when we arrived for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Instead of honey she added some frozen lemonade concentrate (it was the 70s and 80s). It was really such a cozy treat when you came in from the cold. Thanks for reminding me of this. October 29, 2018 at 9:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad it reminded you of family! Same for me I had family that made it at thanksgiving growing up. October 29, 2018 at 9:56pm Reply

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