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When I was in high school and college, I sang at a few madrigal dinners. If you’re unfamiliar with madrigal dinners, here’s a sampling. (and no, I’m not in this video).

Wassail Song

One thing was a constant in every madrigal dinner – wassail. It’s a kind of warm cider drink my choral director would make every year. I’ve made it on Christmas Eve for years. It’s a family favorite and a longstanding tradition. And it only takes about 5 minutes to prepare!!!


1/2 gallon apple juice
2 cups pinapple juice
2 cups orange juice
2 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons whole cloves

Pour all juices in a pot or crockpot.
Float Cinnamon sticks.
Place cloves in a coffee filter and tie with a twist tie. CLICK HERE for an UPDATE to this recipe.
Simmer for AT LEAST 30 minutes or more
    (when it the smell starts to waft, you know it’s gonna be GOOD)


I know some would cover an entire orange with cloves and float it in the wassail. My hat is off to you, but I can’t find my thimble. Actually, I haven’t looked. But you go ahead. More power to ya.

The bonus is the way the house smells while it’s simmering.

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4 thoughts on “wassail

  1. I made about a dozen clove oranges once. I only made one that was covered entirely with cloves. The others I made designs in – circles and spirals. I wished I would have had a thimble – I had no idea how difficult it would be to stick a clove into an orange!

  2. I make something similar:
    the BIG container of apple juice
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole allspice tied in cheesecloth or coffee filter
    orange slices floating on top
    Heat in crock pot–yum!

    It’s a Christmas tradition for us as well!
    Hope your Christmas was merry!

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