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Alcoholic Wassail Recipe

See the notes below the recipe for how to make it on the stovetop.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas drink, wassail
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16 6-ounce servings


  • 2 quarts (1900 ml) cranberry grape juice
  • 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) apple juice
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) orange juice
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) brown sugar optional
  • 3 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 4-5 star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 3/4 cups (415 ml) bourbon or dark rum
  • optional garnish: cranberries, whole cloves or star anise, orange or apple slices


  1. Add all the ingredients (except the garnish) in a slow cooker and heat at high for 1 hour.

  2. Turn the heat to low and add the alcohol.

  3. Let it go for another 4-8 hours until ready to serve.

  4. Strain out the spices and if desired, garnish.
  5. Cool any leftovers before putting in the fridge. Can be kept refrigerated for 1 week.

Recipe Notes

To make it on the stovetop, add all the ingredients (except the garnish) to a pot. Turn the heat to medium-high and let it cook for 15 minutes. Turn the heat to medium-low and add the alcohol. It shouldn't simmer. Let it cook another 30 minutes.