Easy Wassail to Warm Your Holiday Gatherings

Before I married into my husband’s family, I had only heard of wassail in the old traditional English carol. I didn’t realize that it was a hot beverage that some people still serve during the holidays. One year, when my dear mother-in-law asked me to help get the wassail ready, I was flummoxed. What would I need to do? My mind was put at ease when she produced the recipe, as well as the ingredients, and I set to work putting it all in a crockpot. There are many variations of this drink, and my version is non-alcoholic. It’s the kind of recipe you can easily tweak to accommodate personal preference and the ingredients you have on hand. Here’s my family’s version.

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2 quarts apple cider

2 cups orange juice

1 cup lemonade

1 1/2 cups pineapple juice

4 to 6 whole cloves

Sugar or honey to taste

3 small oranges

More cloves (to stud the oranges, if desired)


Combine all ingredients in a crock pot. Before putting in the oranges, stud them with more cloves, if desired, then float them in the wassail. Serve hot.

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Serve this hot, fruity, non-alcoholic beverage straight from the crockpot to make any occasion a festive one.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine English
Servings 12
Calories 135 kcal


  • Crockpot


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • cups pineapple juice
  • 4-6 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or honey more or less to taste
  • 3 small oranges
  • 20-30 whole cloves optional, to stud the oranges


  • Combine all ingredients in a crockpot.
  • Before putting in the oranges, stud them with more cloves, if desired, then float them in the wassail.
  • Serve hot.
Keyword holidays, hot drink, parties, slow cooker

Additional Wassail Variations

Wassail is basically just hot fruit juice with some cloves added in. You can use pretty much any fruit juice combination that you think might be tasty. Recently, I served a version that just had apple-cranberry juice with some orange slices floating around in it. The key is to have a bit of tartness in with the sweetness. One great side-benefit of having some wassail heating in your crockpot or on your stovetop is that it adds a festive fragrance to the air.

Do You Have a Favorite Version of Wassail That Your Family Enjoys?

Is there a traditional wassail recipe in your family? If it’s not a secret, I’d love to have you share it below. I’m always looking for new variations.

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16 thoughts on “Easy Wassail to Warm Your Holiday Gatherings”

  1. 5 stars
    I love hot holiday drinks. Thanks for sharing a non-alcoholic version. I will look forward to making it.

    • I enjoy cozying up with a hot holiday drink as well. Happy to share this!

  2. Yum! I have made apple cider in the crockpot but this sounds heavenly. I’m going to have to try it. Pinning it!

    • Karen,

      I’m glad you liked the recipe. It’s so fragrant and delicious. Thanks for your comment, and I hope you enjoy trying wassail!


  3. Thanks for sharing this! I have never heard of this before but I can imagine that it smells and tastes great. Here in Austria, it is a tradition to drink Glühwein – that is red wine, mixed with orange juice and a mix of spices. They sell ready-made spices mixture. And you need to add sugar of course:)

    • Hadassah,

      I love learning about traditions from other parts of the world. Thanks for sharing your Austrian hot drink, and thanks so much for commenting!


  4. I’ve never heard of this but it sounds really good! I will have to make this for our Christmas Eve gathering!

    • Jaimie,

      It’s delicious, and can be made sweeter or more tart, depending on taste. I love it. It creates such a festive aroma. I hope you get to try it!


    • Rio,

      Mmmm…yes it is! I hope you get to try it!


    • Stephanie,
      I’m so glad! I hope you get the chance to try it. Have a super week!

  5. It sounds yummy! I heard about wassail only a couple days ago. And here you are. I’m thankful that you offer a non-alcoholic version. I’m looking forward to trying it.

    • Wendy,

      Yes, non-alcoholic is the only way it would be served in my family! =) What a coincidence that you just heard about it recently. If you have time, I’d love to know if you try it and how it is received. Have a super week, and thanks for commenting!


  6. I can almost smell the lovely scent of the oranges, cloves and spices! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Candi,

      You are most welcome! Yes, I love things that do double-duty–smells nice, tastes great! I hope you get the chance to try it. Have a wonderful week!



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