The Mid-Week “Harrumph Day” Cocktail – Wassail

by Tim Barley

What the hell is wassail? Let us tell you. Wassail drinking

Drinking too much wassail will make you dumb things

For a long time, I loved rum. Rum, rum, rum! It was always a good thing to mix with Coke or Eggnog (remember the Tim’s Film Class Eggnog?). Anyway, times have changed and tastes refined, but rum does come in handy and is popular with my friends still. In this holiday time, I searched for a big recipe of something I haven’t made for a large group of people before and came across Wassail. I have to admit the only time that I have ever heard of wassail in in the Christmas carol “Wassail, Wassail.” Then, I found the recipe.

So, without further ado, let’s make some kick ass Mid Week Harrumph Day cocktails and slide toward the weekend…

(As always, we have to remind you youngin’s out there that alcohol is for those over 21, which the state considers adults. As you can imagine, if they actually met some 21 year olds, including us, they would understand that the 21 year old drinking age is arbitrary at best. Still it’s the law.)

Special thanks to for this recipe

  • 1 gallon apple Wassail recipe Harrumph Day Cocktail
  • 2 quarts cranberry juice
  • 1 tbsp aromatic bitters
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp white allspice
  • 2 oranges, studded with cloves
  • 2 cups Jamaican/gold rum


  • Combine all ingredients and warm slowly over low heat.
  • Serve warm, and if you can keep the punch on heat, even better (the smells of cinnamon and apple will float through your house).

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Well, that should get you through the week and keep you warm as the sun continues to set a little earlier every day. Do you have a good recipe for eggnog this winter? Share it with us. If we use it, we’ll give you full credit.

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