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Recipe courtesy of Sarah Zorn


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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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8 cups apple cider

2 cups orange juice 

1/2 cup lemon juice 

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, plus more for garnish

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus more for garnish

12 whole cloves 

4 whole cinnamon sticks 

Brandy or cognac, for spiking

Apple slices or orange wheels, for garnish


  1. In a medium pot set over medium heat, add the apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Ladle the wassail into mugs spiked with brandy or cognac, and garnish with spices and apple slices or orange wheels.