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Westerfield Wassail Recipe

—Jim and Marilyn Westerfield, Freeburg, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:12-13 servings


  • 32 ounces cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 12 to 24 whole allspice
  • 2 cups red wine, optional


  • 1. In large saucepan, combine cranberry juice, apple juice and sugar. Fill a square of cheesecloth with the lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice; tie closed and place in the saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Remove spice-filled cheesecloth and discard. Stir in wine, if desired, and heat through (do not boil). Serve warm. Yield: 12-1/2 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 113 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.