Warm & Spicy Red Wine Wassail



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This is a red wine version of a drink often enjoyed during wassailing, a Medieval tradition. It’s warm, spicy, and will make your home smell like the holidays.


5-6 whole cloves

3 cups fresh apple cider

2 cups orange juice

6 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon orange zest

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 cinnamon sticks

6 cups dry red wine

Orange, apple, and lemon slices, optional garnish

Cinnamon sticks, optional garnish


  1. In a large pot, combine all ingredients except for wine and orange slices and bring to boil.
  2. Immediately reduce heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain in mesh strainer and return to pot.
  4. Stir in wine.
  5. Keep warm until ready to serve and garnish with cinnamon sticks and orange, apple, and lemon slices.

Created by Naomi Imatome-Yun for WonderHowTo.