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Vanilla Cider Wassail recipe the whole family will love

“What on earth is wassail?” you may be asking. Let me give you a little history lesson! Old English “wæs hæl” literally means “be you healthy.” Wassail (or wassil) is traditionally a hot spiced cider that is sweetened and has other fruit juices added, and it was probably fermented and enjoyed as a hard cider back in the day.


Today, Wassail is generally a nonalcoholic hot beverage. Wassailing (you know, like the song “here we come a-wassailing”) refers to a medieval ritual to celebrate the apple trees and to ward off evil spirits for next year’s cider making. We can thank our English ancestors for this tasty drink. Wassail, in my personal experience, seems to be a much more Midwesterner thing. I’ve yet to meet someone in Utah who has ever heard of it, let alone loves it. Don’t worry, they are quickly converted! My sister Sarah and I can thank our Hoosier upbringing though for our love of wassail.


Wassail is a fun addition to any party because it’s warm, sweet, easy to make, and really pretty. If your party guests or family are new to wassail, they’ll be in for a real treat. I used Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups to add both sweetness and the vanilla flavor. This was an awesome addition to wassail. These syrups come in a few different flavors, and I’m excited to try more of them out. Tate+Lyle® is the perfect company to work with on this wassail recipe; both are old and English!


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Vanilla Cider Wassail

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths


  • 2 quarts apple cider (1/2 gallon)
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup Tate+Lyle® Vanilla Pure Cane Syrup
  • 2 to 4 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • dash of ground cloves


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large pot and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. When it starts to boil, cover the pot with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and serve hot in mugs.


Store leftovers covered in the fridge and reheat before serving.


Vanilla Cider Wassail recipe the whole family will love

This recipe is easily multiplied if you are making cider wassail for a crowd, but it’s not so big that you can’t make it for your family one night and reheat the leftovers once. My kids even like cider wassail cold! This sweet and lightly spiced drink is sure to become a holiday tradition in your home in no time. We pressed about 50 gallons of cider a few weekends ago (from our own apples!), which means we’ll have plenty for wassail making. Yay!

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149 Responses
  1. I love wassail but I’ve only had my mother’s, who got her recipe from her mother. It’s a family tradition to have it at Christmastime and it always puts me in the holiday spirit. We even have Christmas mugs that we would drink it from when I was a kid. And a few years ago, I was complaining to my mom about how I missed being home for Christmas, and the next day I got one of those mugs in the mail—she’d overnighted one to me. It was one of the most heartfelt gifts I’ve ever received. Those Tate and Lyle syrups look amazing! I would love to try the caramel syrup in hot chocolate and skip the pricey starbucks ones!

  2. Veronika

    This sounds amazing! I can’t believe I’ve never had this before when I was living in Provo! 😉 I think I would make it exactly like your recipe suggests.

  3. Beth W.

    Sounds so good and I’ve never heard of it before! I would love to try the Vanilla and make the recipe for the Vanilla Pomegranate Soda!

  4. marseille

    Mmm….I’d have a hard time deciding between vanilla and caramel. I’ve heard of wassail b4 and enjoy it or apple cider when I have a cold (like now).

  5. Corinne

    The vanilla flavor would be awesome in lots of things! My husband drinks “Pero”, which is fake coffee and he loves to try new flavors!! We also drink lots of Italian Sodas, and we’re always hoping to find new flavors and brands of syrups to put in!

    Also, I love wassail, I’m so excited to have a recipe to make it at home!!!

  6. Anne

    Given time, I’m sure I’ll be trying all of the Tate+Lyle Gourmet Beverage Syrup flavors, but first, I’ll try the Vanilla, and I’ll stir it into my hot black tea. It sounds lovely.

  7. Margaret Smith

    It’s hard to decide which one I’d like to try first, it’s between the Vanilla and the Caramel. I would first try these in coffee. Sounds really delicious.

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