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Grandma's Recipes One By One!


on December 24, 2014

I’m posting a last-minute recipe today that you can still get done before your holiday gatherings this week. I wrote down this recipe one night about 30 years ago when I was home alone and watching a show on our local tv station. We lived in a small town up north, and the local station was the butt of many a joke back then, especially when they televised the Christmas party given for the children of the tv station employees, and this telecast included the obligatory visit with Santa. Pretty funny stuff. I could hardly see this particular show as we couldn’t afford cable back then, and I was watching it on our old black and white tv. It was an old show about Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, MN which had been owned by the Congdon family.

It was a Christmas tour and at the end of the show, they gave the recipe for this Wassail that was a Congdon family favorite. I was able to see and hear enough on the snowy screen to write down the recipe and we’ve been making it ever since. You can find out more about Glensheen Mansion here.

Congdon Wassail

This is delicious.

Here is the recipe as I made it:


Mix all ingredients in stockpot or large kettle:

1 quart water

1 pound (2 cups) sugar

2 Tablespoons ginger root, chopped

12 whole cloves

4 allspice berries

2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice

2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 quarts apple cider

Simmer at least 1 hour.


Squeezing the oranges and lemons is the most time-consuming part of this recipe.


I added some sliced oranges to the pot, too.


It makes a big batch, so gather some friends and family and enjoy this hot beverage by the fire on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.


2 responses to “Wassail

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