What is wassail? Daybreak’s Nina Criscuolo shares her recipe

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Figgy pudding, roasted chestnuts and wassail are all traditional foods mentioned in Christmas songs, but do people actually eat or even make them?

One person who does is Daybreak’s Nina Criscuolo. She whipped up some wassail for the Daybreak crew.

Wassail itself is a hot mulled cider punch. This recipe takes about an hour total to make and it actually makes your kitchen smell amazing!


  • Combine 2 quarts water,
  • 1 cinnamon sticks,
  • 1 Tbsp whole cloves
  • 2 tea bags. Boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer
  • add 1/2 a lemon, 1/2 an orange, sliced or cut into wedges.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Then add 1 cup of orange juice,
  • 2 cups cranberry juice,
  • 1 1/2 cup  ofsugar
  • Stir until sugar dissolves and serve.