Autumn Wassail

Autumn Wassail Cocktail

Base Spirit: Brandy / Cognac, Rum

Type: Classics, Hot

Served: Hot/Warm, Neat/Up

Preparation: Cooked/Heated

Strength: Medium

Difficulty: Complicated

Flavor Profile: Fruity/Citrus-forward, Sweet

About the Autumn Wassail Cocktail

A glass of this spiced-cider-and-cognac concoction is just the thing for a chilly or warm afternoon.

Ingredients in the Autumn Wassail Cocktail

  • 1.5 oz Louis Royer Force 53° VSOP Cognac
  • .5 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum
  • 4 oz Wassail Batch*, hot (or 3 oz Wassail Batch, chilled, if serving cold)

Garnish: Apple slices or cranberries

Glass: Toddy or Cocktail

How to make the Autumn Wassail Cocktail

To serve hot, add the cognac and rum to a Toddy glass and top with the Wassail Batch. Garnish with apple slices or fresh cranberries. To serve cold, add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with apple slices or fresh cranberries.

*Wassail Batch


  • 1 qt Organic apple cider
  • 2 cups Unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • .25 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Fresh orange juice
  • .75 cup Fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp Whole cloves
  • 1 tsp Whole allspice


Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

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  1. I make this recipe for ALL cold weather, especially winter. It’s the only hot drink I care for. The wassail batch recipe is great, and it’s great alcohol free. I don’t care for the liquor added in this recipe, although I know it’s the proper additive. I use an orange flavored liqueur instead or sometimes a fruity rum.


  1. […] still time to serve fall drinks, and this one is not only tasty—it’s pretty. The Autumn Wassail features a blend of apple cider, pomegranate juice, orange juice, lemon juice, cloves, allspice, […]

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