Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (2024)

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This is the most amazing hot wassail drink I’ve ever had! Easy to make and full of delicious spices, this wassail will soon be a holiday favorite in your house!

Last year, I was put in charge of my church’s Christmas party. Um, yeah. I was basically freaking out about the responsibility. It was SO much work! (I still have no clue why they asked me of all people to do it…) But it all turned out beautifully! We had a horse and carriage ride, outdoor games, yummy catered food, great entertainment and of course, the jolly man himself came too!

I had asked a friend to bring a couple gallons of a warm drink for people to sip on during the carriage rides and she brought this very recipe for theBest Ever Hot Wassail Recipe. I love hot cider drinks but had never made any myself before.

When I tasted it, I was in love. Yummiest drink ever! It just screamsChristmas! When I got the Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe, I made it like 100 times right away. It makes your house smell amazing, too. It’s very easy to make and if the recipe is too big, it’s easy to half. It warms you up and seriously is the most delicious wassail I’ve ever had! Try it this holiday season and see for yourself! Pretty sure it will turn into a family favorite..

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Amazing hot wassail aka hot cider drink

5 from 112 votes

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Course: Drinks

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes minutes

Servings: 8

Author: Jenn


  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves or 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Combine all ingredients in a large pan.

  • Bring to simmer over medium-low heat. Reduce heat and continue simmering for 45 minutes. Ladle into cups or mugs and enjoy!

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  1. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (9)jackie jade says

    yum! this looks so amazing. love warm drinks in the winter 🙂
    — jackie @ jade and oak


  2. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (10)Holly @ Holly's Helpings says

    I haven’t heard of wassail before, but it sounds great! I’m going to have to try this.


  3. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (11)Carrie says

    Stopping by from Link Party Palooza and pinned Horchata and the wassail, which I will be trying both soon!


  4. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (12)julieseatsandtreats says

    I know why they put you in charge! I know you did a wonderful job 🙂 I would love to warm up with a big mug of this by the fireplace this winter!


  5. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (13)Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling says

    I’ve never tried wassail, but I’m seeing it everywhere! Sounds like something I need to try this year for sure!!


  6. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (15)Ginnie says

    This sounds so delicious! I have some apple cider in my fridge that I was going to heat up with some cinnamon sticks, but this sounds so much better:)


  7. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (16)Jeanette says

    This recipe is exactly like the one my dad used to make when I was a girl, except he took all the spices, including the cinnamon sticks, and placed them in a cheese cloth, tied them inside and put it in 4 cups of water with 2 1/2 cups of sugar. Heat the water enough to dissolve the sugar. This simple sugar was infused with the cheese cloth filled with the spices. Refrigerate over night, then add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a slow simmer. Enjoy. 🙂


  8. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (17)RACHELLE GREENWELL says

    Lemon juice or lemonade? That sounds really lemony.


    • Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (18)Jen says

      I recently remade this and used fresh lemon juice and it was amazing! You can definitely use lemonade too. If you’re thinking 1/2 cup is too much, you can bump the fresh lemon juice down to 1/4 cup. It needs that acidity in there from the lemons to boost the flavor. Enjoy!!


      • Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (19)arlene says

        Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (20)
        my favorite recipe I have used for 40 years is the one with lemon juice. This is the BEST RECIPE


  9. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (21)Jeanette armstrong says

    Love this recipe! I have been making this wonderful winter drink starting in early November for years. The only difference is I combine the cinnamon sticks, cloves and ginger into a cheese cloth and let it steep in the sugar and water for an hour before adding the apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice. I rarely have individual mugs with a cinnamon stick because the recipe makes a very large batch and if each mug had a cinnamon stick it can get expensive. Cinnamon sticks are not cheap.


  10. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (22)Kristi Van Eaton says

    Can I make this in a slow cooker? If so, how long should I let it simmer?


    • Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (23)Jen says

      I would say on low for 4 hours? Let me know if you make it and how it turns out!


      • Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (24)Debbie says

        Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (25)
        I made it in the crock pot last year and my family raved over it. It makes the house smell like Fall and/or Christmas. I like being able to keep it hot throughout the day or night so it’s ready whenever someone comes in out of the cold. I’m making it this weekend for a Fall party.


        • Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (26)Jen says

          I’m so happy you liked it!! I’m making it this weekend, too! It’s going to rain all day today so hot wassail is on the menu. 🙂


  11. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (27)Angela says

    I find it too tart how do I cut that.


    • Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (28)Jen says

      Add more OJ and apple cider! Sometimes the lemon juice adds a little too much tartness.


  12. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (29)Laura,(Ana),(A.K.A.); (Nickname: Annie)(Last: Flores) says

    Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (30)
    Easy hope no ones allergic


  13. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (33)Chelsea says

    Putting together my Christmas party ideas and recipes.. this Wassail seems easy and sounds delicious! Thank you


  14. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (34)Jameson says

    Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (35)
    I love wassail! I make it for my kids every year. Best holiday drink! I tried this recipe, because I couldn’t find my old one. I cut the lemon juice in half and added a 12 oz bag of whole fresh cranberries. It adds another layer of flavor and some additional tartness. Turned out amazing!

    PSA: if you do add cranberries, keep your distance! The skins burst as the wassail heats up and they can squirt hot liquid at you.


  15. Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (36)Jana says

    Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (37)
    I served it to two classrooms of early childhood educators. They loved it and asked me for the recipe.


    • Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe (38)Jen says

      Yay!! Thank you so much!


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