are you ready?

Give away day is almost here, and I for one, can hardly wait! I’ll be joining in the fun again this year, so be sure to check back on December 13th for your chance to win a fun handmade gift.

It was snowing like crazy again in Edinburgh today, so much so that my office actually closed early. Unfortunately all the buses were shut down, so after the three mile trudge home in the snow I’m now all warm and cozy in our little flat. With the extra time I decided to bake up some yummy bread, put on the Christmas tunes and get to work on a couple craft projects. Not a bad way to spend a Monday afternoon… Hope that wherever you are reading this from you’ve got an equally cozy day ahead of you. And just before I get going on my sewing I think I’ll make up a pot of festive Wassail punch. Traditionally this punch has a lot of egg in the drink, but I prefer my sans egginess and think this recipe is delish. Care to join me for a cup?

Wassail Holiday Punch

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup lemon juice (depending on how tart you like your wassail)
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 2-4 Tbsp honey (depending on how sweet you like your wassail)

Combine all the ingredients in the crockpot and let simmer away all day. Alternatively, if you’re pressed for time you can cook all the ingredients on the stovetop. Simply combine, bring just to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.


  • Marcia

    This sounds yummy – can’t imagine sticking an egg in it!!! Can’t wait to try it. Also, can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for the give away this year. Pick me, pick me! Ha!

  • Katie

    A giveaway!!! Count me in. My sister makes a similar wassail (also sans egg, eek!), and this year we had it on Thanksgiving topped with a little Whipped Cream Vodka…don’t mind if I do :)

    • sparrowhopes

      Um, yum. I think that is an excellent addition to the wassail. Hope you guys are doing well – we miss you!

  • Marla

    What a cozy day! I wish I could have been there to join you! I love your Wassail punch…mmmm! Count me in on your festive giveaway, i love you! Mari

  • Becka

    Sorry ladies – I’m going to win the giveaway this time! :)

  • Mef

    Hi from Italy 😉

  • Emily

    Oh, this is great – I can’t wait to try it. (I’m pregnant so many holiday beverages are out this year.) Thanks for the post!