Holiday Cider Recipe: Warming Wassail


(makes about 18 servings)


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1 quart cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 27 whole cloves
  • 15 allspice berries
  • 4 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 5 McIntosh apples cored
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 medium orange
  • 2 cups brandy or sherry


  1. Combine apple juice, cranbery juice, and brown sugar in a slow cooker.
  2. Place 12 cloves, the allspice berries, and cinnamon sticks in a piece of cheesecloth, and tie closed with kitchen twine to make a pouch. Add to the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375%. Stud each apple with3 of the remaining cloves and place in an 8″x8″ baking pan. Add the water to the bottom to the baking pan.
  4. Bake until the apples are a little tender when pierced with a knife (about 45 minutes). Remove from the oven and set aside.
  5. Once the slow cooker has been cooking the mixture for 4 to 5 hours, add the apples.
  6. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the orange in wide strips, avoiding the white of the inside of the peel, and add the zest to the slow cooker.
  7. Remove the spide bag and stir i nthe alcohol.
  8. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Chow

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