From China Beach Retreat in Ilwaco, Washington

In a state known for its apple crop and cranberries, it’s only natural to serve this traditional and heart-warming holiday drink. This is version from China Beach Retreat is particularly flavorful, with lots of added fruit and spice.


  • One 12-oz container of Old Orchard brand frozen Apple Cranberry concentrate
  • 36 oz cold water
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tart green apples
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup whole, fresh cranberries
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds (not ground)


Remove cores from apples but do not peel. Quarter the apples and slice each quarter into 1/2″ chunks. Cut oranges and lemons into quarters and then slice them into 1/2″ chunks, too. Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive pan and heat over medium heat, then simmer for 15 minutes. Serve warm with 1 oz dark rum to each 6 oz glass of wassail. Store in the refrigerator.

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