Lusciously spicy Holiday Wassail is perfect for your Christmas party. Made with apple cider, spices, and delicious Tate+Lyle® Vanilla Pure Cane Syrup, this is a party beverage worth celebrating. Brilliant!

My little Elle is getting so big, you guys. January is getting closer and closer, and with it, her first birthday. I’ve been starting to think of the holiday traditions that we’ll make a part of our annual celebrations. Now that she’s becoming more aware, it makes me more aware that before long, Eric and I will be crafting the traditions that shape holidays for her for the rest of her life.

My great aunt, Dorothy, had a wonderful tradition of making old English Wassail every Christmas. This hot mulled cider drink has been a holiday tradition in England since at least the middle ages. Made with plenty of warm spices like cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, it’s the perfect non-alcoholic way to warm your chilled hands on a cold winter’s day. You can most certainly add in a little alcohol, but I’m sticking to kid-friendly this year.

I know from experience hosting a holiday party is a non-stop experience of cook-serve-drink-eat-clean-up. It’s never very relaxing for the host and hostess. But taking just a moment to stop and appreciate your surroundings, your guests, and a hot cup of spicy Wassail is a moment of pure holiday bliss. I decided to add a bit of lusciousness to the traditional recipe by adding Tate+Lyle® Vanilla Pure Cane Syrup to the party.

These Fairtrade Certified syrups are fantastic for every kind of drink – from hot and steamy lattes to cold, crisp cocktails, you can use Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups to make each drink something truly special. I’m definitely in love with the Hazelnut Pure Cane Syrup in my cup o’ joe each morning.

Tate+Lyle® has been around since 1878, so pairing them with an old English recipe for Wassail seemed like a no-brainer. And I have to tell you, adding it to apple cider and warm winter spices is truly inspired. It adds a little depth and sweetness that I just adore. If you’re contributing to a pot-luck style holiday party, this is the perfect thing to bring.

Wassail comes together in a matter of minutes, and you can even keep it warm using a slow cooker. Add a ladle and some festive holiday paper cups and you’re the winner of the office party, with minimal effort. Not to mention, your home or office will smell absolutely amazing with the aroma of apple cider and holiday spices wafting through the air.

You can pick up Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups in the sugar aisle at Walmart, or in the coffee aisle of other retailers. You can also request it at your favorite grocery stores. You can join the Tate+Lyle® e-mail list for more information too.

I’ve decided reviving Great Aunt Dorothy’s Wassail tradition is especially important for keeping memories alive. And I think making our favorite warm holiday beverage is a great way to show her that she’s made a lasting impression. For more information and ideas you can visit Tate+Lyle® on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also go here to download a coupon for $1.50 off. 



Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Lusciously spicy Holiday Wassail is perfect for your Christmas party.


  • 1 orange studded with approximately 30 whole cloves
  • 1 gallon quality apple cider
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 orange sliced into rounds
  • 1 apple sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 cup Tate + Lyle Vanilla Gourmet Pure Cane Syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Use a skewer to pierce the skin of an orange about 30 times. Add a whole clove to each pierced spot on the orange. Bake pomander orange in preheated oven for 1 hour.
  2. Remove orange from oven and set aside.
  3. In a large pot over low heat, stir together apple cider, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, sliced orange and apple. Add pomander orange to the pot and simmer uncovered for at least 2 hours. Alternately add mixture to a slow cooker on low heat.
  4. Before serving, strain spices from the cider, but reserve the pomander orange. Add cider back into the pot and stir in Tate + Lyle Vanilla Gourmet Pure Cane Syrup to the hot cider. Place pomander orange back into the pot. Serve warm.

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Holiday Wassail is the perfect warm and cozy beverage for the holidays! So great for entertaining!

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