Mom’s Spiced Wassail Recipe – The Best!

This Spiced Wassail recipe, or as my mom called it, Perculator Punch is the one I grew up with. The aroma from this drink fills the house with all the smells and comfort of a cozy home and Christmas time. It’s perfect for any winter or cool night.

wassail drink for fall

Homemade Spiced Wassail Recipe

If you love cozy recipes for fall and winter then you might like my recipes for Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate, Pumpkin Spiced Hot Chocolate, and Snow Hot Chocolate Recipe

spiced wassail recipe

When I was growing up, each year when the temperature dropped outside, my mom would take out the percolator for spiced percolator punch. Those were the days when everyone had a metal-type coffee maker that hissed and boiled liquid on the kitchen counter.

What is a Percolator?

A type of coffee pot that boils coffee by shooting hot liquid up through a tube and into the grounds. The filtered coffee settles down into the bottom of the container.

spiced wassail in a slow cooker

Nowadays, everyone has a slow cooker and percolators are very rare. No worries, this percolator punch is easily made in a slow cooker or over the stovetop. Of course, without the percolator, this punch is referred to as Wassail – which I suppose it was, all along.

What is Wassail?

Wassail is a spiced or mulled drink that is usually served warm and generally made around Christmas time or when it is cold outside.

hot wassail drink

I’m not sure which is better. The aroma of this delicious cider, the warm feeling you get from drinking the spiced punch, or the beautiful look of this drink. Either way, this drink is fun to create and is so satisfying to drink.  If you are having guests over, make some of this drink ahead of time to add an inviting smell to your home. Your guests will go back for more and more of this wonderful-tasting hot beverage. But, be careful, after you’ve tried this drink, you might not want to share it.

If you like cozy homemade drinks, try some of my other drink recipes, like:

Warm Wassail Ingredients:
2 cups of apple juice
2 Cups of Cranberry Juice
1 Cup of pineapple juice
2 Tbsp of brown sugar
1/2 tsp of cloves
1/2 tsp of allspice
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
2 cinnamon sticks
1 round coffee filter
1 twist tie

Tips and Tricks for making Wassail

  • if you don’t have a mulling bag you can use a coffee filter and a twist tie
  • you can substitute whole cloves for ground cloves – but whole cloves are preferred
  • Occasionally stir the warm drink so the spices can release into the drink
  • This drink tastes even better if the spices can sit in the juice overnight
hot wassail drink

Mom’s Wassail Recipe (the Best!)

Delicious old fashioned spiced wassail recipe
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 -12 servings
Calories: 238cal
Author: Melissa


  • round coffee filter or mulling bag
  • twist tie


  • 2 quarts apple juice
  • 2 quarts Cranberry Juice
  • 1 quart pineapple juice
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp whole cloves – you can substitute ground cloves
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • Lay a coffee filter onto a flat surface
  • In the center of the filter, add brown sugar, cloves, and allspice
  • Pull the filter up and around the spices, creating a spice bag
  • Secure with the twist tie
  • In a large pot or slow cooker, place cinnamon sticks, and add juices
  • Next, add the spice bag
  • Over high heat, bring the drink to a boil
  • Lower heat to simmer
  • place a lid on the pot
  • Allow simmering for about 20 minutes or longer
  • every once in a while, move the spice bag around – making sure the spices are released and mixed into the cider


**This drink tastes even better if the spices can sit in the juice overnight.
Serve hot. Add a cinnamon stick for a garnish, if you wish
If you are using a slow cooker, place on a low setting with the lid on and cook until warmed through
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 238cal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

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