Pineapple Cider Wassail

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


14 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Mar. 17, 2023
Pineapple juice prevents this hot drink from becoming overly sweet. Skip the rum—without sacrificing flavor—for a beverage that's appropriate for guests of all ages.—Lori Schmeling, Hartland, Wisconsin
Pineapple Cider Wassail Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 4 cups apple cider or juice
  • 4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1-1/2 cups apricot nectar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup rum, optional


  1. Place cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine apple cider, pineapple juice, apricot nectar and orange juice. Add spice bag. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until flavors are blended, 15-20 minutes. Discard spice bag. If desired, stir in rum. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 95 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 9mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.