Carolina Christmas Wassail Recipe

| December 22, 2019 | 16 Comments

Wassail Recipe

Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to learn how to make our Carolina Christmas Wassail. It’s super delicious. Printable recipe included.


Wassail, enjoy!
Just the aroma will put you in a great holiday cheer type of mood. This quick and easy hot beverage is great to serve your guests when they drop by for a visit, or for that special dinner party you’re planning for Christmas.


Wassail, slider.

Here’s a hot beverage that’s perfect for the Christmas holidays or any cold day that comes along during Fall and Winter. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this drink as a pleasant change from hot cocoa. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy hot cocoa as much as anyone. Smile.

I thought it was just too good to simply call it Wassail, so I decided to spruce it up a bit and named it Carolina Christmas Wassail instead. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Back in the late nineties, our Downtown Business Association sponsored a Christmas Open House in our downtown district. Our group wasn’t very large, but we were enthusiastic about promoting the downtown businesses.

My wife and I visited one of the stores participating in the Open House that day. They were serving cookies and had a big bowl of Wassail all nice and warm. It smelled so good, and certainly helped get us in the Christmas shopping mood.

That was the first time I’d ever had wassail and I might have asked for a second cup. I’ve made it several times since then, and finally got around to sharing it here on Taste of Southern. It’s best when served on a really cold day. Smile. And, if it doesn’t put you in the Christmas mood, I’m not sure what will.

Our Wassail is really easy to make. Just place everything in one pot and heat it up. So easy. I even serve it straight out of the pot I make it in, nice and warm from the stove.

Ready to give our Carolina Christmas Wassail a try? Alright then, let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Wassail, you'll need these ingredients.
Christmas Wassail – You’ll need these ingredients.


Wassail, add pineapple juice.
You’ll need a large, heavy, dutch oven type pot. Start by adding the pineapple juice.


Wassail, add the apple cider.
Add the apple cider next.


Wassail, add the apricot nectar.
Add the apricot nectar.


Wassail, add the orange juice.
Add the orange juice to the pot.


Wassail, add the cinnamon sticks.
Give all the juices a quick stir, then add the cinnamon sticks.


Wassail, add the salt.
Add the salt.


Wassail, add the nutmeg.
Add the ground nutmeg.


Wassail, add the whole cloves.
Add the whole cloves.

You can tie them in a cheesecloth or just toss them in the pot. I had an apple on hand so I cut it in half and stuck the cloves into the bottom of the top half of the apple. That way, the cloves would be submerged while the apple floated in the juice. I thought I was being pretty smart if I must say so myself. Smile.


Wassail, gently stir.
Give it all a gentle stir to mix everything together.


Wassail, boil and simmer.
Place the pot over Medium-High heat on your stove top and bring the mixture to a boil.

When it starts to boil, REDUCE the heat to just below Medium and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy the great aroma that will fill the kitchen and your whole house while this happens. Smile.

You might want to stir it a time or two during the process.  When it’s done, remove it from the stove. Remove the cloves and the cinnamon sticks. Discard those.


Wassail, enjoy.

Grab a cup and enjoy your Carolina Christmas Wassail. Not only will it warm your body, it will warm your soul with the delicious aromas it produces while simmering. Serve it warm to your guests.

Leftover Wassail may be cooled and stored in the refrigerator for about 5 days. You can make this a day or two ahead of time, refrigerate it until needed, then warm it back up just before your guests arrive.


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Christmas Wassail

Carolina Christmas Wassail Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 quarts 1x
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


A delicious warm beverage to serve to your family and guests over the Christmas holidays. Easy one pot recipe that smells as delicious as it tastes.



1 quart Pineapple Juice, unsweetened
1 quart Apple Cider
1 can Apricot Nectar, 11.5oz
1 cup Orange Juice
2 sticks of Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
1 Red Delicious Apple, optional
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg


Place the pineapple juice in a heavy Dutch oven style pot.
Add the apple cider
Add Apricot Nectar
Add orange juice. Stir well.
Add cinnamon sticks.
Add whole cloves. Place cloves in apple if using one.
Add salt.
Add nutmeg. Stir well.
Place over Medium-High heat on stove top. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Remove and discard cinnamon sticks and cloves when finished.
Serve warm.


Garnish with fresh cinnamon sticks, orange, apple, or lemon slices.  Store leftover wassail in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Make a day or two ahead of time if desired, then place on stove top to warm up just before your guests arrive.

Keywords: Wassail, holiday punch, non-alcoholic wassail recipe, apple cider, Christmas, Carolina Christmas

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  1. Carolyn N Lewis says:

    Merry CHRISTmas to you and all your friends and family. Thank you for all your good works.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Carolyn, Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. It’s my pleasure to share the recipes and the Newsletters. It wouldn’t be worth it without nice folks like you. Thank you for your support. Thank you also for your visit today. I do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  2. Kathryn Ransom says:

    Hi Steve !! and Merry Christmas !! God Bless you !

    As I was reading your newsletter it occured to me to tell you what I keep hearing. If the Devil is leaving you alone…. be aware … that is not good. If the Devil is after you or your family or friends… he is actively trying to get you !! I love your recipes as usual. I am not a huge fan of Wassail ( as you are not of collards) so I probably won’t be making this but I so appreciate reading your emails every Monday and hope you continue into the upcoming New Year and beyond as long as you are able !!
    A’ho friend ( Amen in Cherokee)

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Kathryn, Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. I appreciate you sharing your comments today. It’s so nice to know that I have great friends like you, even though we’ve never met. Smile. God is good. Thank you for being a subscriber to our Newsletter and for all of your visits and support. I do hope you’ll continue to visit with us on Taste of Southern. Stop by any old time. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  3. Steve you are a blessed man. But more over we are blessed by you with all the how to illustrations and ingredient list. I am 68 years of age now and was with my first wife for 18 years before we divorced and we had three children. I married again and we are working on our 32nd year in March if we are blessed to make it there. You are an outstanding chef in my thought of reasoning and I enjoy and look forward to your outpost all the time. Thanks for all the things you share with us. You are a shepherd for our God and we all are blessed by knowing about you. Merry Christmas to you and we hope for a Happy and Blessed New Year.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi William, Thank you for your most kind comments today. I hope you know that I greatly appreciate all of your support and that I’m happy you’ve subscribed to our Newsletters. I’m thankful you found us. Happy Anniversary to you and your wife. March will be here before we know it. We are BOTH blessed. Smile. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you had a great Christmas and I look forward to your continued visits in 2020. I hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  4. Merry Christmas Steve

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Judith, Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. I’m a day late, so I hope you had a great one. I appreciate your visits and I do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  5. Linda Hook says:

    Hi Steve!

    Do you have a substitute for the cider and the apple? My sister is allergic to apples.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Linda, I’m afraid I can’t help you with this one. I don’t know of anything that you could use to replace the apple cider. It would change the drink totally I suspect. Perhaps a reader can offer a suggestion or two. I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help. I hope you had a great Christmas. I aappreciate your visits and I do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  6. Bill says:

    Dear Steve,

    It looks like you have another winner here. I like the addition of the pineapple juice and the apricot nectar. I plan to make this on Christmas Day. Just need to make a quick run to the market.

    I’d also like to take the time to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too! And yes….you are a “Blessed Man,” but more than that you are blessing to your readers. God bless you dear brother in Christ!

    Bill ;-}

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Bill, I hope you had the chance to make the Wassail and that you enjoyed it. Thank you for your kind words today. I trust you and yours had a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for all of your visits and your support. I hope 2020 is even better for us all. I look forward to seeing you again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  7. Lori Dom says:

    May you continue to be blessed and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  8. Marilyn Allison says:

    Good Morning and Merry Christmas Steve,

    The Carolina Christmas Wassail looks amazing! Thank you!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Marilyn, Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. I hope you had a great day. Thank you for all of your visits and support. I hope you’ll continue to visit with us in the year ahead. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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