Slow Cooker Cider Wassail Recipe by Abby Priest

Slow Cooker Cider Wassail Recipe by Abby Priest

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Cider Wassail - Grace School

One of my favorite holiday traditions involves hosting family and friends for our annual Christmas Eve celebration. Relatives and friends gather at our Ohio home and come and go all night long. During the festivities, our guests feast on several appetizers and goodies only made during this special season. One of my favorite items I look forward to each year is drinking hot wassail. No other beverage is better in the freezing cold Ohio weather! Various hot wassail recipes exist, but we always make it in and serve it from a slow cooker so that family and friends may indulge throughout the evening. After consuming plenty of hot wassail, eating holiday goodies, laughing with friends, and reminiscing with family members, our gathering ends by 11:00 pm so that we may attend Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at our small village’s United Methodist Church just blocks away. It truly is a special evening and a cherished memory.

Abby Priest, Middle School Dean of Students


prep time: 5 MINUTES
cook time: 4 HOURS
total time: 4 HOURS 5 MINUTES
Servings: 12


  • 1gallon Musselman’s Apple Cider
  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 4 hibiscus tea bags
  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon juniper berries
  • 1 1/2 inch fresh ginger piece, 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.