Are you looking for a super simple traditional Wassail recipe or mulled cider? Well, look no further this recipe is delicious and simple that the whole family will enjoy!
Super Simple Traditional Wassail Recipe
It’s hotter than heck here in Texas, and when it gets this hot I find myself dreaming of those crisp October nights where you just want to curl up with a blanket and sip on something warm!
In fact, I got to do just that last week when we escaped to the cooler temperatures in Colorado where Colby was playing in his baseball series world series.
While there, I was experimenting in the kitchen and created the most perfect Wassail recipe!
When I got home I recreated it to make sure it wasn’t a fluke and boy it was delicious!
What is Wassail?
Wassail is essentially a hot mulled cider. It is usually drunk as part of wassailing, which is a Medieval Christmastide drinking tradition that they believe brings a good apple harvest the following year.
There are recipes for an alcoholic version of Wassail, but this one is kid-friendly for the whole family to enjoy together!
How to Make Traditional Wassail Recipe
Makes 8 one-cup servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients for Making Traditional Wassail:
½ gallon apple cider
4 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 apple – cleaned and sliced
1 orange- cleaned and sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
3-5 whole cloves
1 star of anise
Directions for Making Traditional Wassail:
Before you start cooking your traditional Wassail it will be helpful to go ahead and wash and slice up one apple as well as clean and slice one whole orange.
After your apple and orange are washed, grab a large saucepan and you are ready to start cooking your Wassail or mulled cider.
The first step in making your traditional wassail is to mix the apple cider with 4 Tablespoons of brown sugar.
Stir until it is completely dissolved.
Did you know brown sugar actually helps with the acidity and spice from the added fruit?
This way your wassail is the perfect balance of flavors.
Next, add your sliced apples and oranges along with the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star of anise.
Star of anise isn’t cheap and you can make it without this ingredient. It will still taste just fine without. However, it does make a beautiful presentation when used. So maybe when making traditional cider for the kids do without it, but for a gathering with friends or on holidays splurge to add it!
It is really up to you!
Lastly, you will want to bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
Once you bring your traditional wassail to boil reduce your heat to a slow simmer and allow it to simmer for 25 minutes covered.
Now that your mulled cider has simmered for 25 minutes it is ready to serve.
You may want to strain out or remove the spices and fruit chunks before serving. If you wish to just them as a garnish that is ok too. It is really whatever you want to do!
If you aren’t ready to serve it just yet and want to keep it warm for a longer period of time you can keep it warm by transferring it to a crockpot and set it to warm.
If you are looking to make a bigger batch to serve more guests all you have to do is add an extra ½ gallon of cider, one additional cinnamon stick and a few extra cloves and you are set to double the recipe.
There you have it, your traditional Wassail recipe is served and delicious. Our kids love drinking this traditional Wassail Recipe in these “fancy mugs”. These are on the larger side though! So you might want to fill them completely full because a little goes a long way with Wassail!
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Traditional Wassail Recipe
- 1/2 gallon Apple Cider
- 4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1 Apple Cleaned and Sliced
- 1 Orange Cleaned and Sliced
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 3-5 Whole Cloves
- 1 star of anise
- In a large saucepan, mix the apple cider with the brown sugar until dissolved.
- Add the apple slices, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star of anise.
- Over medium high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Then, reduce heat to a very slow simmer.
- Simmer, covered for 25 minutes.
- Serve and Enjoy! IF you would like to keep it warm, you can move it to a crock pot on warm.
Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!