Karen's FAMOUS wassail recipe ohsweetbasil.com

Our friend Karen is famous for her wassail.  It is so delicious.  We excitedly make it as soon as it gets cold–and it’s a must when you’re sick.  Nothing feels better on a scratchy throat than warm wassail. Yum!  And because we aren’t the biggest fans of cold weather warm drinks are a definite must. Cade and the girls love cocoa and toast, I still have yet to try it as the soggy bread weirds me out for sure.

Karen's FAMOUS Wassail recipe ohsweetbasil.com

Homemade Wassail! This drink is great for the winter time and soothing for the throat.

It’s pretty flexible so feel free to add different amounts of juice or substitute other kinds that you like better.  So thanks to Karen, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Is Wassail Alcoholic?

Wassail is an old English mulled hot drink with mixed fruit juices, spices and may or may not contain alcohol.

Is Wassail Good For A Cold?

Because wassail is made with fruit juices and spices such as cinnamon and ginger, it can be soothing for a cold, and may even be helpful in easing congestion.



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Servings: 16 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes


It is so delicious.  We excitedly make it as soon as it gets cold


  • 4 Cups water
  • 2 Cups Sugar, I often cut this down or leave it out since there is a lot of sugar in fruit juice.
  • 3-6 Sticks Cinnamon
  • 8 Whole Allspice
  • 12 Whole Cloves
  • 1 Clump of Crystallized Ginger, a 1/2 inch chunk fresh ginger, or a 1/2-1 tsp powdered
  • 1 32 Oz Bottle Unsweetened Apple Juice
  • 3 Cups Pineapple Juice
  • 2 Cups Unsweetened Orange Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice


  • Bring water and sugar to a low boil and add a sachet of the cinnamon, whole allspice, whole cloves, and crystallized ginger.
    4 Cups water, 2 Cups Sugar, 3-6 Sticks Cinnamon, 8 Whole Allspice, 12 Whole Cloves, 1 Clump of Crystallized Ginger
  • Simmer for 1 hour
  • Remove sachet and add unsweetened apple juice, pineapple juice and orange juice, lemon juice.
    1 32 Oz Bottle Unsweetened Apple Juice, 3 Cups Pineapple Juice, 2 Cups Unsweetened Orange Juice, 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
  • Heat to desired temperature.
  • Serve warm or cold.


refrigerate leftovers


Serving: 1cupCalories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 1gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
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