Drinks | October 30, 2018

Easy Wassail Recipe (For Your Instant Pot & Slow Cooker)

This easy wassail recipe is the perfect addition to a hay ride, trick or treating, or snuggling up with a movie.  Classic Wassail, also known as spiced cider, is made with simple ingredients to produce a fragrant, hot spiced apple drink.

What Is Wassail?

Wassail is a juice that is warmed with spices – usually a mixture of orange and apple juice spiced with cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. The name comes from an ancient tradition of the Anglo-Saxon phrase ‘waes hael’, which means ‘good health’.  It was served from huge bowls that could hold many gallons of liquid.  These were served at large gathering and were a way of wishing well.  Nowadays, wassail, or spiced cider as it if often called are enjoyed in the fall or winter months.

What Is In Wassail?

You’ll need the following to make this easy wassail recipe:

  • apple juice, or apple cider
  • frozen orange juice concentrate
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon sticks
  • allspice, whole
  • cloves, whole
  • nutmeg, whole
  • sliced oranges

How Do I Make Wassail?

  1. Use a large piece of cheesecloth to wrap whole spices.  Alternately, you can use a fine mesh strainer to strain after steeping.
  2. Pour apple juice into your pressure cooker, slow cooker, or a large pot.
  3. Add orange juice concentrate.
  4. To your pot, add brown sugar.
  5. Pour in sliced oranges.
  6. Add spices in a cheesecloth.
  7. Steep.  See Recipe Card for steeping options.

What’s The Difference Between Mulled Cider & Wassail?

The short answer is NOTHING!  Both mulled cider and wassail refer to a spiced juice drink.  While wassail is traditionally a warm spiced apple drink, other mulled ciders contain cranberry or other flavors.  If you haven’t already – check out our Cranberry Spiced Cider Recipe.  It will knock your socks off and you’ll be set for winter with these two delicious hot drinks.

Instructional Video

For those looking to make this recipe in a fraction of the time by using an electric pressure cooker – please check out our instructional video on this easy wassail.

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Easy Wassail Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Natural Release Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This warm spiced cider, also known as wassail, is the perfect beverage for a crisp fall evening.

Course: beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry spiced cider, instant pot beverage, wassail
Servings: 16
Calories: 157 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 1 Gallon Apple Juice or Apple Cider
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 2 tsp whole cloves
  • 2 tsp whole allspice
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 whole nutmeg
Instructions
Stove Top
  1. Tie Spices into a large piece of cheesecloth.  Alternately, you can pour liquid thru a fine mesh strainer after steeping.

  2. Mix apple juice, orange juice concentrate and sugar in a large pot.

  3. Add orange slices and spices, stir to combine.

  4. Heat just to boiling, the reduce to low and steep 1 hour.
  5. Refrigerate any leftovers.
Instant Pot
  1. Tie Spices into a large piece of cheesecloth. Alternately, you can pour liquid thru a fine mesh strainer after steeping.

  2. Mix apple juice, orange juice concentrate and sugar into a 6qt or larger electric pressure cooker.

  3. Add orange slices and spices, stir to combine.

  4. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.  Allow a 10 minute natural release before quick releasing the rest of the steam.

  5. Serve immediately.

Slow Cooker
  1. Tie Spices into a large piece of cheesecloth. Alternately, you can pour liquid thru a fine mesh strainer after steeping.

  2. Mix apple juice, orange juice concentrate and sugar into a 5qt or larger slow cooker.

  3. Add orange slices and spices, stir to combine.

  4. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

When using a pressure cooker for this recipe, the time it will take for the pot to pressurize will take about 20-30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Wassail Recipe
Amount Per Serving (8 ounces)
Calories 157
% Daily Value*
Sodium 12mg 1%
Potassium 331mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 33g
Vitamin A 1.1%
Vitamin C 23%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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