what?! a recipe from me?!

i know – shocking!

but i promised my wassail (pronounced wassel) recipe the other day, and i’m following through!

my mom gave me this recipe and i’ve celebrated nearly every christmas with it.  as soon as it heats up it makes the house smell like christmas to me!


4 cups tea – i used earl grey tea, but any plain tea would be fine, and i just brewed it in the coffee maker

4 cups apple juice

4 cups cranberry juice

1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup sugar

a handful of cloves

a few cinnamon sticks

pour all this into a big pot on the stove and leave it on low all. day. long. and your house will smell like christmas!

makes about 13 cups – for a larger group we often double the recipe

so super yummy – enjoy!


and the winner of the mossy oak design giveaway…

jenna, who said, “i love the turquoise shelf with 3 hooks, but really i love it all!”

yay, jenna!


  1. 1

    So what type of tea do you use? Do you brew your own? My parents use to make wassil so I’m thrilled to have a recipe for it! Thanks, Lindsey!!

  2. 2

    Sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 3
    brittany u. says:

    This sounds sooo good! I can’t wait to try it! I might make some for our snow boarding trip this weekend!

  4. 4

    I am also wondering what kind of tea you should use. This recipe sounds wonderful…can’t wait to make it! Thanks!

  5. 5

    I am hosting my side of the family this coming Sunday for a get together and would LOVE to make this, although I am wondering how much it actually makes? If you have a chance…post it?

    love & stuff,

  6. 6

    I can smell it now…bookmarking and running to the store…..

  7. 7

    I also make a Wassle Recipe that has been passed down through my Danish side of the family:

    2 qts apple cider, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 4 cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, 4 cups orange juice concentrate. Boil on medium heat and then reduce to low. Let simmer for 5 hours. Add the OJ after this and allow it to warm through without boiling. Strain and serve! This makes the house smell amazing and tastes delicious as well.

    I need to try your recipe!

  8. 8

    Yumm. Sounds so good. I think I will have to try to make this VERY soon!

  9. 9

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! My dear mother has always made wassail but it is some really gross powdered stuff that nobody wants to drink. “Yuck” just thinking about it. You would think that after all the years of nobody drinking it that she would have stopped making it, but nope. It will be around this year. I’m sure of it. I think I might just swap out yours with hers. She’ll be wondering why everyone is suddeny drinking it after all these years! Haha! Anyway, thanks for the recipe and Merry Christmas!

  10. 10

    Do you know if anything can be substituted for tea? Or would herbal tea work?

  11. 11

    Wow- I’d totally love this. Thank you!


  12. 12

    This sounds wonderful!

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    Mmmmm-I can almost smell it burbling on the stove. Methinks t’would be good for my breadbaking day. (Had to use the olde English if am to go a’wassailing, methinks. :D). Thanks so much for the recipe! -s-

  14. 14

    Mmmmmm. That sounds delish! We’ll try it this weekend.

  15. 15

    Yummy. This sounds perfect for when my family comes over for the holidays this weekend! My sister-in-law is a tea nut…..thanks for sharing

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    I made this a couple times over Christmas week. LOVE it! We didn’t actually drink it but the smell was amazing. Thanks!!

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