Carolers' Wassail Punch

Updated: Sep 12

From "The Infinite Feast: How to Host the Ones You Love—Recipes from the Big Easy . . . and Beyond" by Brian Theis, 2020 Click here for more on my best-selling cookbook.

Carolers' Wassail Punch

Makes 8 cups, about 12 servings


1 navel orange

16 whole cloves

2 quarts fresh apple cider

1 quart cranberry juice cocktail

1 cup orange juice

1/3 cup honey

2 three-inch cinnamon sticks

6 whole allspice berries

12 black peppercorns


Insert cloves into orange in a festive pattern. In large pot, combine cider, cranberry juice, orange juice, honey. Tie cinnamon sticks, allspice and peppercorns in cheesecloth, add to pot.


Bring wassail almost to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove cheesecloth sachet.


Present the wassail in your best punch bowl with ladle, floating the orange for decoration, or serve in mugs.

Illustration by award-winning illustrator, Marco Marella, Venice, Italy, for The Infinite Feast.

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