Slow Cooker Wassail

To make a nonalcoholic version of this recipe, substitute additional apple cider for the sherry and ale.

Serves: 20Prep: 15 minutesCook: 4 hoursTotal: 4 hours 15 minutes

Serves: 20


  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups lemonade
  • 6 cups orange juice
  • 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups semi-sweet sherry
  • 2 bottles (12 oz. each) ale
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, plus extra for serving
  • 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 lemon
  • 12 whole allspice berries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped candied ginger
  • 1 tablespoon aromatic bitters


  • Add the apple juice, cranberry juice or lemonade, orange juice, brown sugar, water, sherry, ale, and cinnamon sticks to a 4-quart slow cooker.
  • Stud the orange with the whole cloves, cut the orange and lemon into quarters and remove any seeds, and add to the slow cooker.
  • Add the allspice berries and candied ginger to a muslin spice bag or a piece of cheesecloth that has been rinsed and wrung dry; secure with a piece of kitchen twine and add to the juices in the cooker. Stir in the bitters.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Remove cinnamon sticks, spice bag, and orange and lemon wedges before serving. Serve individual portions with cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of cinnamon top.