More than a year ago, Austinite Carolyn Peters sent this recipe for wassail that she says was served for years at Pioneer Farms’ Candlelight Christmas events. “It came from someone’s grandmother who served it for years at the First Baptist Church,” she notes, “but you can add a little hooch to liven it up, if you like.” With numerous requests that we reprint it for the Christmas season, we do so.

Serves: 10-12.


· 2 quarts apple cider

· 1 ½ cups orange juice

· ¾ cup pineapple juice

· 1 tablespoon brown sugar

· ½ teaspoon lemon juice

· 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)

· Dash ground cinnamon

· Dash ground cloves


In a large saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks. Serve hot in mugs.