Slow Cooker Wassail is the perfect holiday drink! It’s easy to make and great for the colder months. This hot cider recipe will take you from Thanksgiving through New Years’. All you need is a few common ingredients and the right combination of spices.
If there is one drink that is always at a family gather it is this wassail. It’s one of my favorites and brings back such great holiday memories.
For Christmas, I like to make sure to have a crockpot of this hot apple cider drink on the kitchen counter waiting for everyone to serve themselves. It’s the perfect way to warm up during the cold winter months!
What is Wassail
This drink recipe has a few different names and it depends on what part of the country you are in. We call it wassail but it’s also known as mulled cider, hot apple cider, or spiced cider.
No matter what you call it, the recipe is always fairly similar. It’s a hot cider with comforting spices that make your own house smell amazing!
One of my favorite things about this mulled wassail is that the ingredients are pretty simple. Some of the spices may not be as common in everyday use, but they are still pretty easy to find. To make this drink you will need:
- Apple cider-you can use either apple cider or apple juice for this recipe. The spices that you add give it a great flavor, so apple juice works just as well.
- Spices-if you can’t find a particular spice, it’s ok to omit it. Also, feel free to adjust spice amounts to your preference.
- If you can’t find whole spices, that’s ok! You can use whole or ground spices for this recipe. I suggest checking a natural grocery store for whole spices, but it’s perfectly fine to use ground spices here as well.
Slow Cooker instructions
- Get the crock-pot setup and ready. Gather and measure ingredients.
- Pour the liquids into the slow cooker and add the spices. Give it a good stir.
- Add the fruit slices.
- Cook on HIGH for 2 to 4 hours or on LOW for 6 to 8 hours. It’s ready to drink when it is completely heated through.
- Pour into glasses, top with an orange or apple slice, and enjoy.
- Pour the juices into a large heavy-bottomed pot such as a Dutch Oven. Add the spices and give it a good stir. Add the apple and orange slices.
- On the stovetop over low heat, simmer for 1 to 2 hours. Serve warm.
How to store
For leftover wassail, cool completely and transfer to a pitcher. Refrigerate for up to 5 days.
Slow Cooker Wassail
- 8 cups apple cider
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon juniper berries
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 thumb-size fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- 1 apple, cored and sliced thinly
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon
- 1 orange, sliced thinly
- In the slow cooker, add the apple cider, orange juice, and pineapple juice.
- Add in the brown sugar, juniper berries, cinnamon sticks, and fresh ginger. Add the ground nutmeg and ground cardamon. Stir to combine.
- Add the apple and orange slices.
- Cook on HIGH for 2 to 4 hours or on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or until completely heated through
- Let cool slightly and serve in mugs. Top with apple or orange slices.