Here We Come A’Wassailing…


You might not think you know what wassail is, but if you’ve ever lived through Christmas, chances are you do. Cue up the traditional Here We Come A’wassailing carol, and BOOM- there you go. (See how they snuck that word in there? I must have always sung that part wrong.)

Wassail is simply a spiced apple cider, or mead, usually with pieces of fruit and occasionally tempered eggs. And if you’re really feeling frisky, you top it with slices of TOAST.

But that’s just silly, especially if you’re using gluten free/grain-free toast. Naht. Instead I substitute it with the tempered eggs which adds a creamy flavor.

The first time I tried wassail was 5 years ago. I was at a Christmas party and none of us were drinking; Instead, somebody brought non-alcoholic wassail in a crock pot. Sounds lame right?


I can’t even begin to describe the joyous contentment I found inside that cup, surrounded by people I loved, and not needing anything else in the world- in that moment.

Plus I didn’t suffer from a terrible hangover the next morning, an added bonus.

I usually make this recipe on the stove because I’m impatient, but if you are having guests over for a yuletide occasion then the recipe is easily doubled to fit a crockpot (not to mention the house will smell great for the 8 hour cooking-duration.)


Here We Come A’Wassailing…

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 quart

Here We Come A’Wassailing…


  • 1 quart apple cider
  • Half an orange, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 allspice berries
  • 1 large tea filter
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp powdered ginger
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup brandy (optional)


  1. In a medium pot, gently heat apple cider slowly over medium-low heat. It is important not the let it boil.
  2. Fill the tea filter with cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice berries. You can use organic cheesecloth and butchers twine instead.
  3. Add the spice bag and slices of orange to the pot, along with the nutmeg, ginger, and lemon juice.
  4. Once the cider is thoroughly heated and the spices incorporated (about one hour) you can stop here and drink up OR go on to the next step:
  5. In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks with a hand mixer until light in color (1 minute).
  6. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form (about 3 minutes).
  7. Fold the yolks into the whites, then use ½ cup hot wassail to temper the eggs slowly. Then add them to the pot of wassail.
  8. Serve immediately.


  1. says

    I have this in the crockpot now and I’m kicking myself for not just making it on the stove because I want it now! But, I have a ton of people coming over tonight, so the crockpot idea sounded good at the time. It smells so amazing! Love your site and recipes :)

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