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

Honey Flavors and Colors

Honey has different flavors and colors, depending on the location and kinds of flowers the bees visit. Climatic conditions of the area also influence its flavor and color.


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