The Best Homemade Wassail Recipe {Home Sweet Homebodies}

Every autumn, I start getting excited about making cocoa, hot apple cider, and especially wassail.  It smells heavenly, and I’m sure that if you could make an elixir containing all the joy, excitement, and coziness of the holidays it would taste exactly like wassail.

Homemade Wassail for One {Home Sweet Homebodies}

Sometimes my husband and I like to just make it a cup at a time and heat it in the microwave for a cozy evening in, but the honest-to-goodness best way to enjoy it is to simmer it slowly on your stove-top or in a crockpot and savor the smell and perfectly blended flavors.  I will share my recipe for both ways so you can enjoy it any way you want, though.

Wassail for One:
Pour your cup about 3/4 of the way full with apple juice, then fill the rest with orange juice.  Add a squirt of lemon juice (optional). Add 1/8 tsp. cinnamon, and a pinch each of ground cloves, nutmeg and ginger (optional).
Microwave on high for about a minute and a half, and let it sit for a few minutes before drinking.  Feel free to strain off
the floating spices or drink it in all its delicious glory!

Homemade Wassail for a Crowd {Home Sweet Homebodies}

Wassail for a Crowd
{Home Sweet Homebodies}

2 quarts apple juice or apple cider- “no sugar added” juice is best in my opinion, but use whatever you have!
2 1/2 c. orange juice
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
12-14 whole cloves
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
pinch of ground ginger

Heat everything in the crock-pot on low heat for 3-6 hours.  It is ready after it is piping hot and the spices (besides the cloves) are mostly incorporated into the wassail and no longer floating- you may need to stir it a couple of times.  Your home will smell heavenly!  If you are in more of a hurry you can also heat it on the stove-top over medium heat for maybe 5-10 minutes and then turn it down to low heat!  If you leave it on higher heat on the stove-top it will thicken and eventually caramelize- good for syrup but not so good for drinking.  (Don’t worry if it does thicken a bit, just take it off the heat and let it cool down for a while- maybe even add a little bit of water- and it will thin mostly back down.)

Homemade Wassail Recipe {Home Sweet Homebodies}


I hope you are all finding joy this holiday season!

Homemade Wassail {Home Sweet Homebodies}

PS: For anyone who is new to Home Sweet Homebodies since last year, check out my recipe for the best Thanksgiving Crescent Rolls ever, or get some ideas to dress up the holiday table with my post on napkin folding.  Happy Thanksgiving!