Orange Wassail

Orange Wassail

Wassail is a hot mulled punch traditionally made with cider or ale and wine. This version calls for orange juice instead of cider or ale, but is no less festive.

  • 6Servings


  • 3 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 750-ml bottle Cabernet Sauvignon or other full-bodied red wine
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, divided
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 cups strong Earl Grey tea


Bring orange juice, wine, brown sugar, 1 sliced orange, 1/4 cup cranberries, nutmeg, cinnamon stick, and cloves to a boil in large saucepan. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, uncovered 20 minutes.

Remove pan from heat, and strain mixture into heat-proof pitcher or serving bowl, discarding solids. Stir in hot tea. Serve in mugs, and garnish with remaining orange slices and cranberries.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 241
  • Carbohydrate Content: 48 g
  • Fat Content: 0.5 g
  • Fiber Content: 0.5 g
  • Protein Content: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 15 mg
  • Sugar Content: 41 g