Slow Cooker Wassail and The Holidays
Good Morning Everyone!
Somewhere in the beginning of October I start to get the “holiday bug”. Sure, Halloween is okay…. but it’s nothing compared to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Oh Christmas how I love thee! Youtuber Zoella (who also shares my passion of all things Christmas) recently said, “I think the thing about Christmas is that the build up leading to Christmas is actually better than Christmas Day!”. And I couldn’t agree more. The several months leading up to Christmas it’s that delightful burst of everything glittery, twinkle-y and full of light. People become more cheerful, and we remember to give thanks.
Our emails become flooded with comfort food recipes and we don’t need to worry about what we will look like in a bikini. Fall fashion trends tend to lean towards dark colors and leather boots come back into fashion. Flyers advertise corn mazes and pumpkin patches. There’s just so many things to love about Fall and Winter!! But today I want to talk about wassail.
Y’all… this stuff is the real deal and let me tell you, it is simply divine. No, it’s like a giant hug-in-a-mug! It’s that good. And the best part is that it’s so simple to make! The slow cooker does all of the work while your house smells of cinnamon, apples, and citrus. Mmmmm….
So what is wassail? Well, wassail is the old-English word for hot apple cider! People would go caroling (aka wassailing) with this drink in hand and the name just stuck! In fact, there is even a Christmas carol that alludes to this beverage. You’ve probably heard of it, but never knew they were referring to this term! Check out the song here:
Anyway, this wassail recipe cuts your work in half by using already made cider and spicing things up in the slow cooker. If you’re really feeling adventurous you can make your own apple cider, or if you’d like to make an adults-only version of this recipe simply add a splash of Apple Brandy and you’re good to go! 🙂 I hope you all are excited for the holidays. Hug your loved ones a little bit tighter today, and have a beautiful day everyone! ❤
Slow Cooker Wassail Recipe
Yields: 10-12 servings
- 1 gallon Musselman’s Apple Cider
- 4 cups orange juice
- 4 hibiscus tea bags (see note)
- 10 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp. whole cloves
- 1 Tb. juniper berries (see note)
- 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.
If you cannot find juniper berries, substitute with a fresh sprig of rosemary. Also, if you’re having trouble finding hibiscus tea, which I did too, substitute it with pumpkin-spiced tea or any apple tea bags and you’ll be just fine! 🙂