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This Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail is a hot holiday spiced drink flavored with cloves, orange, and cinnamon. So comforting, soothing, and delicious.
Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail (5 ingredients)

This is my last post before I go home for Christmas. It’s been 3.5 months since I’ve been home so I’m so excited. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing my family and friends again, and hitting up those New York City Holiday Markets. Hello, No Chewing Allowed Hot Chocolate. So. Excited! 

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Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail

What is Winter Wassail?

Winter Wassail is a holiday drink that you can find at Trader Joe’s, it’s a seasonal item so expect to find it in November and December. It’s sweetened with black currant, apple juice, lemon juice, and flavored with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and orange peel. It’s delicious and screams the holidays!

Tips on making Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail

Now let’s talk about how I made this delicious cocktail for my 2nd Annual Holiday Party in California and it was a huge hit amongst my guests. I ended up making two batches because everyone kept going back for seconds.

First, you need to buy the Winter Wassail spice holiday drink from Trader Joe’s. Heat up the drink along with rum, some additional spices in a large dutch cast iron and bring it to a boil. Serve hot. One sip will warm your soul… it’s so comforting and soothing.

What other alcohol can I use besides Captain Morgan?

You can totally use orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier. You can even use a whiskey if you prefer. Additionally, you can use some classic Bacardi Rum in here.

Whatever alcohol you decide on, start with a half cup and then work your way up to one cup, or as needed.

My recipe has only been tested with spiced Captain Morgan and I’ve added one cup total.

Can I make a Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail without alcohol?

Absolutely! The Spiced Captain Morgan Rum is nice in here, but you can totally skip the alcohol altogether and just flavor it with the spices in the recipe below.

5 Ingredients you’ll need for the Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail:

Winter Wassail Punch: You can find this at Trader Joe’s during the holiday season.

Cinnamon Sticks: Use good quality cinnamon sticks for this recipe, I always prefer organic.

Cloves: This adds so much warmth to this recipe.

Orange Slices: You’ll need some fresh oranges for this one. Simply slice the oranges and throw them in.

Spiced Captain Morgan Rum: As mentioned above, you will need the spiced rum in this recipe. You may also skip the alcohol.

Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail (5 ingredients)

Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail is:

Spiced
Flavorful
Delicious
Warm & Comforting
Soothing
Perfect on Christmas Eve
Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail (5 ingredients)

 

How to make a Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail recipe step by step?

1. Add the Trader Joe’s Winter Wassail drink to a dutch oven. Alternatively, you can also use a large stainless steel pot that’s about 3 quarts.

2. Turn on the stove on medium heat. Add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and slices from half an orange (about 4 orange slices). Also, add spiced bacardi rum. Stir.
3. Reduce heat to low-medium. Cover and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Keep checking in between.

4. After 15-20 minutes, your holiday cocktail should be bubbling. If it needs to heat up more, then do so.
5. Garnish with fresh cranberries and more orange slices – sliced in half. 

6. Serve hot when your guests arrive. If you want to add more rum on top, go ahead. Enjoy!


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Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail

By: Nisha
This Winter Wassail Holiday Cocktail is a hot holiday spiced drink flavored with cloves, orange, and cinnamon. So comforting, soothing, and delicious.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

for the holiday cocktail

for garnish

  • 1/2 slice of orange
  • a few fresh cranberries
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Instructions 

  • Add the Trader Joe's Winter Wassail drink to a dutch oven. Alternatively, you can also use a large stainless steel pot that's about 3 quarts.
  • Turn on the stove on medium heat. Add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and slices from half an orange (about 4 orange slices). Also, add spiced bacardi rum. Stir.
  • Reduce heat to low-medium. Cover and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Keep checking in between.
  • After 15-20 minutes, your holiday cocktail should be bubbling. If it needs to heat up more, then do so.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries and more orange slices - sliced in half.
  • Serve hot when your guests arrive. If you want to add more spiced rum on top, go ahead. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
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Hi, I'm Nisha!

I'm a foodie who is passionate about healthy-ish living and mindful eating. You'll find a bit of everything here. I use mostly organic real ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce in my cooking. I believe food is medicine. Join me on this soul-searching journey as I share my love for good food, and I hope I inspire you to eat better somewhere along the way.


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  1. 5 stars
    I wanted to make this cocktail the same day Nisha posted about it. Warming spices and alcohol? Count me in. However, I was not sold that I had to use Rum. I asked Nisha her opinion on Vodka, and she was honest and told me that Rum would work best. I was sold.

    I made this cocktail exactly how it’s written and brought it to a Christmas Party, and it was a hit! I’ll be making it again for a party this weekend, and I am so excited. The Rum measurement is PERFECT. Not too strong, yet subtle. Thank you Nisha for your incredible creations and recipes!