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Wassail ( Hot Spiced Tea)

On behalf of our MGCC team,
I wish very one of you dear readers and followers of our blog
a VERY blessed Happy New Year!


My friend in the deep south has a family tradition of drinking 'Wassail' on Christmas Day. I think we might call it Hot Punch.

I remember in the early 80's we were at a meeting one winter evening where the hostess made a hot spiced fruit punch . It was the first time I had had anything like it and I still remember the taste of the first surprise sip!

This Wassail is just like it! I love it ! and when it is cooking the smell in the house is delightful!

I know Christmas is past ... but I think this hot spiced tea would be lovely for New Year's too -- or any winter day!
So, here is the Wassail recipe courtesy of my friend Tammie!
  • 1/2 gal. unsweetened tea (I used 8 cups of boiling water and 9 Orange Pekoe tea bags)
  • 46 oz. of Pineapple juice
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 24 whole Cloves
  • 24 whole allspice (or 3 tsp of ground allspice)
  • 1 tin of frozen orange juice (12oz/355ml)
  • 1 tin of frozen lemonade (12 oz/355 ml)
  • 2 cups sugar ( I found this a little too sweet - I think 1 1/2 cups is lots)
  • 5 cups water


  1. Bring the first 5 ingredients to a boil in a huge soup pot (larger than a 5 quart size)
  2. Boil for 15 minutes
  3. then add the sugar and frozen juices
  4. Add 5 cups of water to make a total of 5 quarts wassail.
  5. Heat until hot. Serve .... can be kept warm in a slow cooker for a party.

200 cal. per 8 oz serving with significant Vitamin C .

**Note -- Don't forget to make your New Year's fritters ! Click on the picture at the top right side bar for the regular recipe or find my GF recipe here.



  1. Sorry... no thoughts on the dish of the day, specifically... but I just wanted to say that I just found out about your blog, and after checking it out, I LOVE it! By the way, I'm a guy, and Mennonite, and LOVE to cook, and do it ALL the time, so if I comment, you MIGHT have to change the title of your blog. :)

  2. I always thought the name of the punch came from it's healing properties...its good for wassail'ing you? Forgot about porzelky! And here I was going to start eating healthy today...well, that's out the window now! Happy Yummy New Year!

  3. I love the way so many of your recipes are for feeding a huge crowd :-). There's only 5 of us here, I think that much puinch would keep us til the end of Jan :-).

  4. This recipe sounds delicious! I am eager to try it. For Christmas dinner I served a wassail --- which had the interesting added ingredient of grape juice. It was quite tasty. At that time I did some research on the meaning of wassail. The word initially was meant to involve an event that involved singing and this hot punch was served then.

    Thanks for another great recipe!

  5. Perfect day for this hot drink!

  6. i recently found your blog and have been looking through it at the recipes and hints, just wanted to say thank you, for the great food and terrific tips

  7. My mom always made this for us in the winter or when we had colds - we called it Christmas tea! The only difference is we didn't use pineapple juice. YUM!! Now I make it for my hubby whenever he has a sore throat :)

  8. Does anyone have a recipe for bread pudding? I would appreciate a Mennonite version of this recipe Thanks


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