Hot Wassail Punch

Hot Wassail Punch

Nothing sets a warm holiday mood like wassail, a fancy mulled cider. Use your slow cooker for this one—the four-hour simmer time lets all the flavors blend together.

Yield: Serves 12

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3 cups pineapple juice
4 cups cranberry juice
2 cups apple cider
1 cup water
½ cup brown sugar
6 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish, if desired)
Whiskey, bourbon or rum (optional)


  1. Poke whole cloves into the orange—you can make a pattern, or put them in at random. If the stems break as you’re poking them in, try making a whole with a toothpick first.
  2. Core the apple and cut it into thin slices.
  3. Add all other ingredients to a slow cooker or large pot and stir to mix.
  4. Add clove-studded orange and apple slices.
  5. Heat to a boil, then immediately lower to a simmer.
  6. Let punch simmer for about 4 hours.
  7. Strain out cinnamon sticks and any clove debris before serving.
  8. Ladle into heat-resistant cups or mugs.
  9. Add whiskey, bourbon, or rum, if desired.
  10. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices, if desired.