California Wassail Recipe
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California Wassail Recipe

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Here’s a healthy and delicious warm punch that’s a cozy way to welcome family and friends in from the cold or just celebrate the season. Serve in small cups, as it tastes best when piping hot! —Patricia Nieh, Portola Valley, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 24 whole cloves
  • 1 large navel orange, cut into six wedges
  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 4 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 16 maraschino cherries
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 101 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fruit.


  1. Insert four cloves into each orange wedge. In a Dutch oven, combine the orange juice, apple juice and cranberry juice. Add orange wedges, cherries and cinnamon sticks.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until flavors are blended. Discard cinnamon sticks. Serve warm. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as California Wassail in Healthy Cooking December/January 2012, p23

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