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Breakfast Wassail

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 1 hour


about 4 quarts

This fruity beverage is great all year-round, and tasty hot or chilled. I got the recipe from a co-worker and made it one Christmas for a family gathering. Now whenever we get together for the holidays, I'm the designated wassail-maker.


  • 1 can (64 ounces) cranberry juice
  • 1 can (32 ounces) apple juice
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen pineapple juice concentrate, undiluted
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, undiluted
  • 3 to 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 quart water, optional


  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine juices, lemonade and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add water if desired. Serve hot or cold.

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  • Dawn
    Dec 1, 2020

    I used 4 cups of V-8 Pineapple-Orange juice, 3/4 cup pink lemonade concentrate and 64-oz. cranberry-cherry juice. I did not use the apple juice, water nor added sugar. This beverage is delicious and I'm glad that I tried this recipe!

  • wasoongu
    Dec 17, 2013

    Tangy and festive! I never know whether recipes are calling for 100% cranberry juice, which is very tart (and expensive), or a cranberry juice blend, which is sweeter (and cheaper). I used a bit of both. Which type you use will determine whether your wassail will need more water or the addition of sugar.

  • Rannow1225
    Sep 20, 2012

    I made this for a small group breakfast and it was a hit. I made it the night before and served it cold.

  • katieleigh3508
    Nov 26, 2010

    The additional water is definitely necessary as this punch can be sweet. It made the house smell wonderful as I cooked it!

  • NiseyS
    Dec 29, 2009

    This beverage has a lovely tangy taste, and was enjoyed by our brunch bunch. I kept it warm in the slow cooker; we also drank it over ice and it was delicious.

  • kedunham
    Dec 28, 2009

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