Crockpot Wassail with a Punch!
Wassail is one of my favorite holiday drinks. This particular recipe includes rum and makes a nice alternative to cocktails if folks want something a bit more seasonal. Since this is a fragrant mixture, the aroma adds a festive touch.
By using a crock pot, you can mix up the concoction ahead of time, put out your Irish Coffee cups and a ladle, and let your guests serve themselves. If you are having a more formal buffet, you can simply put the wassail in a carafe to keep it warm.
2 quarts apple cider
1 quart cranberry juice
3/4 c. sugar
4 sticks cinnamon
1 tsp. whole allspice
1 large orange
15 whole cloves
1 cup Rum
Stud the orange with the whole cloves.
Place all ingredients into crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce to low setting and leave for 4 or more hours.
Makes 16 servings, depending on portion size.
Editor’s Note: We have been known to add another cup of rum before serving.