Reprinted in the Houston Chrnoicle, author and date unknown. The Bank’s Wassail recipe was from Texas Commerce Bank, long since gone.


In early England, Wassail was a toast made to one’s health or for good luck when offering a glass of wine. It was served most often at festive occasions, particularly Christmas.

The Bank’s Wassail
Revisited (#1)


Combine apple cider, pineapple, orange and lemon juices, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves in large stainless steel or other nonreactive pot and bring to a boil. Serve hot. Makes 25 to 30 (½ cup) servings.

Wassail (#2)

Combine apple, pineapple, lemon, and orange juices with cinnamon, cloves, and sugar or honey. Bring to a simmer. Strain and serve hot. Makes 32 servings, about ½ cup each.

Hot Wassail Pot (#3)

Combine juices, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and candies in electric coffee urn. Plug in and heat. Serve hot. Makes 20 cups.