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Years ago, I worked with a lady who I’m pretty sure was on a mission to compete with Martha Stewart!
She brought hot wassail to the office one year for Christmas and it not only tasted delicious, the smell was amazing.
I asked for the recipe and kept the tradition going after she retired.
Sometimes I have brought a danish or cookies to serve with wassail, but really it’s a treat on its own!
Wassail is not only great for an office party at work, it’s perfect for holiday get togethers and special events.
It’s one of those hot drink recipes that could be served anytime but tastes like fall or winter in a cup!
Hot wassail recipes have many different variations but I aim for simple, tried and true! I consider this an easy wassail recipe with apple cider and mulling spices.
This drink also goes by a lot of other names… The Christmas Drink, Wassail, Russian Tea, Christmas Apple Drink, Spiced Apple Cider… to name a few.
It’s apple-y, cinnamon-y, sugar-y perfection! The smell of this drink alone is worth it!
This version is alcohol free since it’s the one I make for our work office party (and that would get you fired in my field).
However, if this is an event where alcohol is allowed and you want to make hot wassail recipe with alcohol, rum, brandy or red wine could be added.
This wassail recipe is with cranberry juice, but it’s mainly to give it a red color for more of a holiday feel. You can leave it out and have more of traditional look of apple cider. This recipe for wassail also includes using 2-3 cinnamon sticks.
Enough of me telling you how great this is, let me share the recipe so you can try it for yourself!
Traditional Christmas Wassail Recipe
Ingredients to pour in the coffee urn:
1 gallon apple cider
1 orange apple pineapple frozen tube mixed with water as directed
2-3 cups orange spice tea (optional)
2-3 cups of cranberry juice (optional)
In the basket:
1- apple cut into wedges
1 orange cut into wedges
1/2 lemon cut into wedges (optional)
2-3 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp. whole allspice
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup brown sugar
Timesaving option- Use a pre-mixed container of mulling spices with the fruit. Sometimes I can find wassail mulling spices at the grocery store and other times I’ve only found it at speciality book or trinket stores like Hallmark.
I used to borrow a coffee urn from work. Once I started making this at work and at home, I got a coffee urn for $25 at a Black Friday sale.
This looks like the newer version of it- Hamilton Beach Brew Station 40-Cup Coffee Urn. It’s been the best coffee urn for this recipe! We store it in the basement after Christmas and have used it enough over the years that I’m glad we have our own.
I’ve also seen a hot wassail crock pot recipe. I haven’t made it that way, but, if I did, I would use mulling spices tea bags and only the peels from the fruit to avoid having to strain it.
Simply pour the cider, orange/apple/pineapple mix and cranberry juice into the coffee urn.
Add the fruit, spices, cinnamon sticks and brown sugar in the basket. You don’t have to use a filter. It looks like this…
It takes about 45 minutes to brew and stays hot in the coffee urn for hours for people to enjoy!
If you prefer to have less cranberry, add a little more orange juice instead. The cranberry is mainly to have your wassail be more of a red color (shown below).
My co-worker that shared this recipe has also made hot wassail with red hots but I haven’t attempted that yet.
This wassail recipe is tried and true and has become a regular tradition for our holiday events.
It’s often served when there are appetizers, but mostly it’s just available to enjoy throughout the day.
I believe it’s called the Christmas Drink because it really does remind you of all the scents and tastes of the season!
If you enjoyed this recipe, check back in a few days because I’ll be sharing another favorite Christmas treat for large groups called Crockpot Christmas Crack!
I’d love to know your favorite food or beverage to take to holiday parties or events in the comments!