Slow Cooker Cider Wassail
This fragrant Wassail will usher you into the spirit of fall in no time. A slow cooked mulled cider with an enchanting deep and fruity sweetness. A special autumn treat for parties or family game night!
The first time I ever tasted wassail was at an old-fashioned village festival in 1986.
It was a chilly fall day. I was walking through the streets with my parents, taking in the local scenery. Everywhere I looked there were artisans dressed in turn-of-the-century garb carving soap bars, blowing glass ornaments, and throwing pottery.
Then behind me, I heard a man cry out, “Hot Waaaaaaaas-sailllllll!”
When I turned to see where the voice was coming from, the most intoxicating aroma of sweet spicy apples brushed past me.
There was only one thought in my mind. I must have that.
I pulled my parents toward a wooden street cart with a large black cauldron nestled in it, and looked up at them longingly.
The moment the hot wassail touched my lips, a wave of calming delight washed over me and warmed me to my toes.
At that moment, nothing had ever tasted so good.
My family walked through the village with warm hands from our wassail mugs, lifted spirits, and a lasting memory of sweet mulled cider wassail.
This wassail recipe is just the thing to warm your body and brighten your mood!
A sweet and spicy mulled cider made with Musselman’s Apple Cider, orange juice, hibiscus tea, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, junipers berries and fresh fruit.
It simmers in a slow cooker until ready to serve and is always a hit with friends and family.
Mariefleur Mugs from Villeroy & Boch.
You can even make your wassail several days ahead and rewarm it for guests.
This is one of my absolute favorites slow cooker recipes because you simply can’t drink it without smiling.
Yield: 10-12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
- 1 gallon Musselman's Apple Cider
- 4 cups orange juice
- 4 hibiscus tea bags
- 10 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp. whole cloves
- 1 Tb. juniper berries
- 1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into slices
- 1 apple, sliced into rounds
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cover.
- Turn the slow cooker on high heat and cook for 3-4 hours, until the color has darkened and the fruit is soft. Remove the tea bags and serve hot.
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