Winter Wassail Christmas Cocktail Recipe

Winter Wassail Christmas Cocktail: A Classic Holiday Drink for the Season! Served warm or chilled, this traditional cocktail is perfect for sitting by the fire or serving at your Christmas meals.How to make a wassail alcoholic drink - winter wassail christmas cocktail

Winter Wassail Christmas Cocktail

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This holiday season I’ve had one of two drinks in my hand – the Christmas Cranberry Champagne or the Winter Wassail Christmas Cocktail. My mother-in-law Kathy brought this wassail drink to Thanksgiving this year, and ever since I’ve been hooked! 

What exactly is a wassail?

Wassail (/ˈwɒsəl//-l/Old Norse “ves heil”, Old English was hál, literally: be hale) is a beverage of hot mulled cider, drunk traditionally as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval Christmastide English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year. (cited from Wikipedia)

winter wassail trader joe's

You can make your own homemade wassail, but if you have a Trader Joe’s they make a winter wassail that they carry in store that is delicious! This is what I use to make this wassail cocktail – it is so easy and quick!

I adapted my Winter Wassail Christmas Cocktail from the recipe on Trader Joes’s website. You can serve chilled or warm – I prefer warm during these winter months. Scroll down for the full ingredients list and recipe instructions – print out the recipe card or pin to your holiday board to remember each season!

trader joe's cocktails winter wassail christmas cocktail

Trader Joe's Wassail 2019 Christmas Cocktail

Winter Wassail Christmas Cocktail Ingredients:

  • 1 part Bourbon or Whiskey (I use Oak & Eden Bourbon and Vine)
  • 3 parts Trader Joe’s Winter Wassail
  • Cranberries, Oranges, Apples, or other fruits you have on-hand
  • Rosemary for garnish
  • Cinnamon Stick (if drinking warm)

How to Make Winter Wassail Christmas Cocktail?

Trader Joe's Winter Wassail to make Christmas Wassail cocktail

  1. In a mug, add 1 part bourbon or whiskey to 3 parts Trader Joe’s Winter Wassail. Mix well.
  2. Add in cranberries, cinnamon stick, and rosemary
  3. Cheers and enjoy!

Tips, Suggestions and Alterations:

  • If serving chilled, freeze the cranberries to help keep drink chilled
  • If serving warm and making a big batch, make mixture over the stove to keep warm. Add in cinnamon sticks, cranberries and rosemary to batch mixture.

winter wassail cocktail

Winter Wassail Christmas Cocktail Recipe

trader joe's cocktails winter wassail christmas cocktail

Winter Wassail Christmas Cocktail: A Classic Holiday Drink for the Season! Served warm or chilled, this traditional cocktail is perfect for sitting by the fire or serving at your Christmas meals.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 part Bourbon or Whiskey (I use Oak & Eden Bourbon and Vine)
  • 3 parts Trader Joe's Winter Wassail
  • Cranberries, Oranges, Apples, or other fruits you have on-hand
  • Rosemary for garnish
  • Cinnamon Stick (if drinking warm)

Instructions

  1. In a mug, add 1 part bourbon or whiskey to 3 parts Trader Joe's Winter Wassail. Mix well.
  2. Add in cranberries, cinnamon stick, and rosemary
  3. Cheers and enjoy!

Notes

Tips, Suggestions and Alterations:

  • If serving chilled, freeze the cranberries to help keep drink chilled
  • If serving warm and making a big batch, make mixture over the stove to keep warm. Add in cinnamon sticks, cranberries and rosemary to batch mixture.
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