Complete the holiday season with this warm mulled slow cooker wassail recipe, sure to warm both your insides and soul!
I’d never heard of wassail before I met Justin. (Besides the song, “Here We Come A-wassailing,” but even that is referring to caroling and not the drink!) But it’s one of those things that he raved about all the time, for years. Literal years.
I asked my mother-in-love if she was willing to share the recipe with me and the world. Graciously, she allowed it! According to Justin’s memory, my version tasted right, so it looks like we have a winner for the holidays in years to come. I threw my ingredients into the slow cooker and it left me free to work on other stuff and not worry about having to watch a gas stove.
Wassail is a hot mulled cider, and can be made with or without alcohol. Justin says that he remembers drinking it at his Grannie and Grandad’s house when they went there for Christmas celebrations, and loving how it was a little spicy. The secret to this is a box or bag of red hot candy. Justin preferred more, but I couldn’t find a bigger thing at the store! It’s sweet and warm, with enough spice to give you a little tickle in the back of your throat. Perfect for sore throats or just getting into the holiday spirit, wassail can do it all.
Now, Justin also swears by this drink both hot or cold, and he drank all the leftovers cold – In case your holidays are still 80 degrees, like the fall has been here so far…
Local Spotlight: I picked up my cinnamon sticks at the last summer market of the year from The Spice Market!
Hope you #enJOY this slow cooker wassail recipe as much as we do!
Slow Cooker Wassail
- 4 C. apple cider
- 4 C. cranberry juice
- 1 C. orange juice
- 3/4 C. lemon juice
- 2 C. water
- 1 t. whole allspice
- 1 t. whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 box of Red Hots about 1/2 C.
Place allspice and cloves in a tea ball. Place in slow cooker.
Combine all other ingredients in a slow cooker on low for 4 hours.
Alternative: Heat ingredients in a heavy-bottomed pot on low until red hot candies are dissolved.
Serve and #enJOY!