Holiday Wassail

Kari Karch shows how to make your own homemade Wassail in your trusty Slow Cooker. Its a perfect dish for those cold winter or holiday nights with friends and family.

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preparation Time
20 mins

cook Time
240 mins


387 per serving


  • 1 Apple Cider
  • 2 cup Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Oranges
  • 6 Whole Cloves
  • 1 Apple, peeled and diced
  • Allspice to taste
  • Ginger to taste
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks, (or 3 Tbs Ground Cinnamon)
  • 1 cup Brandy, (Optional)


Step 1:

Set your slow cooker to its lower setting, and pour apple cider, cranberry juice, honey and sugar in, mixing carefully. As it heats up, stir so that the honey and sugar dissolve. Stud the oranges with the cloves, and place in the cooker (they'll float). Add the diced apple. Add allspice, ginger and nutmeg to taste -- usually a couple of tablespoons of each is plenty. Finally, snap the cinnamon sticks in half and add those as well.

Step 2:

Cover your pot and allow to simmer 2 - 4 hours on low heat. About half an hour prior to serving, add the brandy if you choose to use it!

recipe by

Kari K.

Kari Karch

Kari Karch is a 19-year veteran of the culinary industry, creator of Kiss the Cook, and the head chef and spokesperson for the Kenmore brand. She has made many notable appearances on ABC Morning News, on WGN, on the Cooking Channel and as a judge for the World Food Championships.