Holiday Wassail

A fruity, warm, spiced punch traditionally drunk during the holidays and offered with the toast..."be in good health".


1 (64 ounce) bottle cranberry juice cocktail


8 dried apricot halves

1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

1/4 cup raisins

8 whole cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

10 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, divided

Honey Tips

How Honey Is Created

Honey is created when bees mix plant nectar, a sweet substance secreted by flowers, with their own bee enzymes.


Pour cranberry juice into a large saucepan. Add honey, apricots, cranberries, raisins, cloves, nutmeg, and 2 cinnamon sticks. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Strain juice and discard fruit, cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks.
To serve, ladle warm wassail into cups and garnish each cup with a cinnamon stick. Can be made 24 hours ahead, strain, refrigerate and re-warm (do not boil) when ready to serve.
Yields: 8 (1 cup) servings