This Classical Christmas drink was used to be drunk in the medieval times to be ensured that there would be a good cider apple harvest the next year. Wassail (Waes hael) is an Anglo-Saxon word and it means Good health. Make a big saucepan of it, and enjoy this nice Yule drink. And if you want, add some alcohol in the end.

  • 7 dl (3 cups) unfiltered apple juice (if you have your own apples just press them)
  • 0,8 dl (1,3 cup) lemon or pineapple juice
  • 3 dl (1,2 cups) orange juice
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or 1/2 a inch nub of fresh peeled and finely chopped ginger
  • Just a tiny bit ground nutmeg
  • 3-5cinnamon sticks, depending how much cinnamon flavour you want. I prefer 5.
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • If you want some alcohol add some bourbon or vodka.


  1. Add all the ingredients to a big saucepan, except if you want alcohol wait with that.
  2. Heat it all up and then let it simmer for 40 minutes.
  3. If you want to add some alcohol, add it before you serve.
  4. Remove the cloves, serve in mugs. It is a nice touch to keep the cinnamon stick in the mug.

In the old days the wassail was served in a big bowl. Often in pewter or silver, and nicely decorated.

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