A Classic Christmas Wassail Mulled Cider Recipe

A traditional mulled cider or Christmas Wassail is perfect for the holiday season and goes well into the Winter months. Wassail is a traditional mulled cider that dates back to Medieval times.  Try this mulled cider (or Christmas Wassail) to add incredible aromas to your house this holiday season.

A Classic Christmas Wassail Mulled Cider Recipe
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  • 4 quarts of apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
  • 2 pints cranberry juice
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 cloved orange
  • 2-1/2 cups spiced rum (optional)

How to Make a Cloved Orange

Use one orange and add whole cloves until it completely covers the orange. The more you cover the orange, the more clove flavor you will get.

How to make a Cloved Orange

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Christmas Wassail or Mulled Cider Instructions:

Pour the cider, cranberry juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks and allspice into a slow cooker or saucepan and mix gently until the sugar dissolves. Place the cloved orange in the mixture. It will float on top. Or, cut the orange into slices and place those in the pot.

On a low setting on the slow cooker or on simmer for a saucepan on the stove, heat for 6 to 8 hours. The longer you heat, the more infused the flavors will be into the cider.

When you are ready to serve your Christmas Wassail, just ladle into your favorite mug and enjoy. This delicious and warm drink is a holiday treat! Garnish with a cinnamon stick if you like.

How to Make Spiked Mulled Cider:

Add 2-1/2 cups of your favorite spiced rum about 30 to 45 minutes before serving.  This will give the rum just enough time to heat up and infuse some of its own unique flavor into the mix.

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