Recipe for Good Health – Christmas Wassail

Christmas is fast approaching.  Naturally, I think back to my childhood and there are certain family traditions that come to mind.  My mother’s wassail was very popular and everyone would look for her to make it when Christmas rolled around.  Each year she would pull out the crock pot and prepare a wonderful spicy and citrus drink.  She called it wassail.  I didn’t know what that meant.  I just knew that it was time to make the house smell like Christmas and that as a bonus, I could drink it!

So now, I make it every year at this time, just like she did.  It is a blessing to see people enjoying it.  It  goes down warm.  The citrus and spice is so comforting.  And, it tastes delicious – not extremely sweet, but well-flavored.

It turns out that the word for wassail is derived from wæs hæil which means to be healthy.

So, all the best to you and your family during this time.   And, I leave you with this blessing,  in the words of John,

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.  – 3 John 2


I really hope that you enjoy this recipe, from my family to yours.  If you give it a try, leave a comment below.

Recipe for Wassail from Mom’s Kitchen


2 qt apple juice or cider
1 pt cranberry juice
1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp aromatic bitters (optional)
2 sticks cinnamon
1 tbsp whole allspice
1 small orange studded with whole cloves


Please everything in the crock pot.  I usually start with 1/2 cup sugar.  Cook on low for 4-8 hours.  (If you are in a hurry, you may cook on high for 1 hour, but I really think it tastes better when left to cook low and slow).   Strain to remove orange and spices.  Adjust sugar to taste.  Serve warm.  Enjoy!


  • Once, the wassail is strained, slice an orange and float a few of the slices in the top of the wassail for color.
  • Serve in a mug with a fresh cinnamon stick, like as a stirrer, for added flavor.


This post is linked to The {Tastes and Smells} of Christmas at The Joyeful Journey.  Check it out to enjoy more tastes and smells of Christmas.


Wear Your Inner Beauty is a personal and professional blog dedicated to exploring real inner beauty, jewelry, and practical insight and inspiration for Christian living.  This is the place where values and behavior meet.

~ S. D. G.

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About Lynnette

Lynnette is a self-taught jewelry artist and the owner and curator of Beads and Honey.
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1 Response to Recipe for Good Health – Christmas Wassail

  1. Joye says:

    Ooooh, I think I would LOVE this!!! It just might become a new tradition! : ) Thanks so much for sharing it! I love the name of your blog and your jewelry is beautiful too!

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