Wassail Punch

(Air date: December 31, 2015. Source: Chef John Folse.)

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Yields: 6 Drinks


6 cups apple cider

1 cup orange juice

4 cinnamon sticks, plus additional for garnish

6-8 whole star anise, plus additional for garnish

1 tbsp sugar

pinch of allspice

juice of one lemon

bourbon or whiskey (optional, but highly recommended)


In a large heavy-bottomed pot, bring all of the ingredients to a low boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for a few hours. Serve warm; spike with bourbon/whiskey, if desired. Garnish with whole cinnamon sticks and star anise.