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Tea and Cider Wassail

Tea and Cider Wassail

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  • Makes: 22 servings
  • Prep 15 mins
  • Cook 30 mins

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Let the flavors of tea, four fruit juices, and spices brew in your slow cooker. Serve the festive drink for Thanksgiving or Christmas.


  • 6 cups freshly brewed hot tea
  • 6 cups cranberry juice
  • 6 cups apple cider or apple juice
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups lemon juice
  • 9 stick cinnamon, broken
  • 3/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • Apple slices (optional)


  1. In a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven, combine tea, cranberry juice, apple cider, orange juice, sugar, and lemon juice. For spice bag, place cinnamon and cloves in the center of a double-thick, 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring the corners of the cheesecloth together and tie with clean string. Add spice bag to juice mixture.
  2. Bring mixture to boiling, stirring with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove and discard spice bag.
  3. To serve, ladle the wassail into a heatproof punch bowl. If desired, garnish with apple slices. Makes about 22 (8-ounce) servings


  • Slow-Cooker Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Remove and discard spice bag. Keep warm on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

(Tea and Cider Wassail)

Servings Per Recipe 22, sodium (mg) 4, vit. C (mg) 52, carb. (g) 35, cal. (kcal) 139, calcium (mg) 10, vit. A (IU) 97, iron (mg) 0

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