Great for holiday gatherings. Using a slow-cooker to prepare this allows the aroma to be savored for hours.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a slow-cooker or a large pot over low heat, combine apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice. Season with cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer. If using a slow cooker, allow to simmer all day. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Facts

101 calories; protein 0.5g 1% DV; carbohydrates 24.9g 8% DV; fat 0.4g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 8mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2004
This is wassail the way it should be--tart spicy and not overly sweet. I did end up using less lemon juice because it was a little TOO tart for even me; however I was using the bottled stuff which might have had something to do with it. Also if the 8 hour time frame is a turn-off for some it can be made on the stovetop. I let it simmer for about 45 minutes and it tasted just as good. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2004
Not quite what I was hoping for. I love hot spiced drinks but this is not one that I will be making again. It smells good but the flavor just isn't there. Read More
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178 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 129
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2004
This is wassail the way it should be--tart spicy and not overly sweet. I did end up using less lemon juice because it was a little TOO tart for even me; however I was using the bottled stuff which might have had something to do with it. Also if the 8 hour time frame is a turn-off for some it can be made on the stovetop. I let it simmer for about 45 minutes and it tasted just as good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2005
I love how this recipe doesn't require any sugar and uses only juice and spices. I had everything on hand, and I even used a chunk of peeled, fresh ginger instead of the dried. I made it Sunday morning (in the crockpot) and we had it after dinner when we got home from church. Very yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2004
I followed the original recipe and did find it a little tart (as others have noted) but after adding a little extra apple cider it was great! I made it at 8am for a party that night and it got a lot of compliments! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/25/2004
I thought the recipe needed a little more zip. I added 1/4 cup red hots replaced 1 quart of apple juice for 1 quart red grapefruit juice Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2005
excellent Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2004
Very good. I didn't know what it was suppose to taste like but everyone enjoyed it. I had some spiced rum on the side for those who wanted to 'kick-it-up' a bit. And I did add some cranberry juice. I loved the one reviewers suggestion of a cloved decorated orange. It really looked festive as well as being functional (no cheesecloth needed). Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2004
Everyone loved it at my Christmas party! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2004
Not quite what I was hoping for. I love hot spiced drinks but this is not one that I will be making again. It smells good but the flavor just isn't there. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2005
This is an awesome recipe. We too used real ginger. That really does make a difference I think. And then we added a quart of Spiced Rum in place of one quart of apple juice. Man let me tell you. We were HAMMERED! It was great! Thanks Bea! Read More
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