If you have never been fortunate to sip upon wassail of any sort, i highly recommend you change that misfortune sometime this winter. Although often enjoyed with rum, you can make this heart warming hot beverage in the croc-pot minus the alchohol for almost any age to enjoy ( it is best to add in the rum per individual serving anyway so as not to cook out any of the alchohol). My grandmother used to make it for holidays, and it was one of the things I looked forward to so much growing up. As an adult, I enjoy it even more with a shot of BACARDI.
There are actually many different ways to make this yummy beverage, but I found a quick, easy, and most satisfying way.
- slow cooker with lid
- 1 gallon apple cider ( we bought local!)
- 1 pack mulling spices
- 1 orange
- cinnamon sticks
- whole cloves
- Rum (not spiced)
Pour cider and contents of mulling spices into slow cooker. Set to high heat. Stir. Slice orange in half. Stick whole cloves into 1 orange half. Break cinnamon sticks in half and stick 4 halves into the same orange half that has the cloves. Float in Cider. Slice 2 slices off of the other half of the orange and float in cider. Cover and simmer until hot. Now you are ready to serve your wassail. Fill coffee or tea mug 3/4 full of wassail and add 1 shot of rum. Serve with whole cinnamon sticks for stirring.