This traditional wassail recipe came from a dear friend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where we lived for many years. Since it’s warm, wonderful and non-alcoholic, we’ve even served it at church. This wassail drink is also perfect for a holiday open house. —Maryellen Hays, Wolcottville, Indiana


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • Dash ground cloves


  • In a large saucepan, combine all of the ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Discard cinnamon sticks.
  • Serve hot in mugs.

Add a splash of cinnamon whiskey for an adults-only treat.

Float a cinnamon stick or cranberries for a festive look.

Christmas Cider Wassail