A Cozy Staple

Take refuge from the cold winds of the South Texas winter with a hot mug of holiday spice Wassail.

By: Mandy Ashcraft
Photo by: Dustin Ashcraft

There is nothing more relaxing than warming up from the icy cold winds of South Texas winter with a hot mug of spice tea. Wassail has been a cozy staple in Christmas and New Years’ traditions since as early as the 1400s, and has many variations in flavorings and spices, and some even contain alcohol. This recipe is for a simple, family-friendly Wassail mix that is made in a larger quantity so it can be easily shared with family and friends. ’Tis the season!


1 cup instant tea mix, unsweetened
2 cups dry Tang powder
1 cup dry lemonade powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Optional: cinnamon sticks, orange slices


1/ Stir all dry ingredients together in a large container. This can be easily portioned into Mason jars or other sealed containers to give as gifts.

2/ To prepare: Add 2 tablespoons of Wassail mix to one standard coffee mug of hot water. It will dissolve easily.

3/ Serve with cinnamon sticks and/or orange wedges as garnish.

Note: This recipe makes 4 cups of dry mix, or 32 standard mugs of Wassail.

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