We’re sharing a fragrant Mulled Wine (Wassail Recipe) just in time for the holidays!
When’s the last time you had a hot steaming cup of homemade wassail?
If you’re answer is never, or even over a year ago, this is your moment. Don’t miss it!
Mulled wine, also known as wassail, is a hot holiday punch meant to warm the belly and spirit at the same time.
It’s rich and dark with layer upon layer of festive flavor, starting with red wine, apple cider, orange juice, fresh fruit, and aromatic spices.
I like to add a vanilla bean to my wassail recipe because I feel it mellows the wine, helping it to blend seamlessly with the spices.
When making mulled wine you can pour all the ingredients for the wassail recipe in a large slow cooker and let it simmer and fill the house with a tantalizing aroma for hours. Or you can make it quickly on the stovetop. I’ve included both methods in today’s recipe.
Cooking the wine does eliminate some of the alcohol, but not all, making it a nice light boozy beverage for the grownups at your holiday gatherings.
Make sure to check out my non-alcoholic wassail recipe for the kids!
Mulled Wine (Wassail Recipe)
- 2 bottles fruity red wine, like a rioja or pinot noir (750ml-bottles)
- 4 cups apple cider
- 2 1/2 cups orange juice
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 cups frozen pitted cherries
- 1 large apple, sliced thin into rounds
- 1 large orange, sliced thin into rounds
- 1 piece fresh ginger (2 inches), sliced
- 8-10 cinnamon sticks
- 1 vanilla bean, cut open from end to end
- 1 teaspoon cloves
Place all ingredients in a large slow cooker. Cover and turn on high for at least 3 hours, or on low for at least 5 hours.
- Ladle the hot mulled wine into glasses or mugs. Garnish with the fruit and cinnamon sticks.
STOVETOP INSTRUCTIONS: Place all ingredients in a large sauce pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Cover and allow the mixture to steep until ready to serve.