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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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Karen's FAMOUS wassail recipe ohsweetbasil.com


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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
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.
  • Simmer for 1 hour
  • Remove sachet and add unsweetened apple juice, pineapple juice and orange juice, lemon juice.
  • Heat to desired temperature.
  • Serve warm or cold.


refrigerate leftovers
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 68IU1%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Apple Cider Bacon Waffles

Cold Buster Green Smoothie to fight off those nasty colds and keep the body healthy all winter long ohsweetbasil.com-3

Cold Buster Green Smoothie

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Cozy Soup Recipes to Get You Through the Winter

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carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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Cozy Soup Recipes to Get You Through the Winter