I can’t remember the first time I had wassail.
However, I do know that once I tried it, I have never let a holiday season go by without making It.
Usually multiple times.
What is Wassail?
Wassail, or wassil, is an English Medieval drink that brought hope of a good apple harvest the following year.
It is the quintessential holiday drink. Warm, sweet, with a hint of spice. So good.
The base starts with apple cider and spices, like allspice and cinnamon. From there you can adjust it to suit your tastes.
Want a little alcohol? Add some brandy or rum.
Love a bit of tart with your sweet? Throw some citrus in.
How to make Holiday cider Wassail in the slow cooker
Wassail is incredibly easy to make. Just throw all of the ingredients into a Crock Pot and cook on low for at least 5 hours.
The longer it cooks the more the spices shine through, so feel free to let it cook all day long.
Apple juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice are all in this recipe. It might seem like a lot of juice for one recipe, but trust me when I say the flavors all pair perfectly. Don’t be tempted to leave one out.
When I have family and friends over, I usually make a huge batch of this in a large Crock Pot. However, sometimes it’s nice to have this with just the family, on a cold winter night. So I adjusted the recipe.
Orange juice, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice are are used in smaller quantities in this recipe. Which is great, because you can purchase all of these in single serve sizes. That way you can open one bottle at a time, as needed, and not worry about the leftovers sitting in the fridge forever.
If you want a larger batch, triple the recipe.
Other recipes I have used often add additional sugar, but I found that it was a little too sweet for my taste.
Also, this particular recipe calls for cinnamon sticks and allspice, but you could add cloves as well for a little extra spice.
This is a very versatile recipe that can be customized to your tastes.