USA: Holiday Wassail Punch



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About this Recipe

By: George Manos (via Literacy Pittsburgh)

This hot mulled cider drink is a historical tradition of Wassailing, a Medieval Christmas drinking ritual intended to ensure a good apple harvest for the next year!  

George is on the Board of Directors at Literacy Pittsburgh. He founded and chairs GPLC’s spring Trivia Bowl
competition, which in just two years has raised over $75,000 for GPLC’s student programs! Thank you to George and Literacy Pittsburgh’s cooking program for this recipe!


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  • 3 cans Hi-C Grape Drink
  • 1 gallon cider
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 8 sticks cinnamon

Wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase “waes hael”, which means good health! 

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Step 1
Mix ingredients together early in the morning and let the aroma fill your home. (If you wish, add a fifth of Vodka one hour before guests arrive). 
Step 2
Add a gathering of family and friends. Stir in a bounty of good wishes, smiles, and laughter.
    Step 3
    Enjoy with those you love and experience the warm feeling that both give during this season of joy.