Apple-Ale Wassail

Apple-Ale Wassail Recipe
Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Cozy up by the fire with a warm mug of Apple-Ale Wassail. This English holiday drink is made with apple-ale and flavored with allspice, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.


Makes about 7 cups

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 5 Minutes
Total: 3 Hours, 5 Minutes


2 (12-oz.) bottles ale
2 cups apple cider
1 cup port
1 cup lemonade
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 apple, diced
2 whole allspice
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
Garnish: lemon wedges, cinnamon sticks (optional)


Stir together ale, apple cider, port, lemonade, brown sugar, diced apple, whole allspice, 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, cardamom in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 3 hours or until hot. Remove diced apple, if desired. Ladle into mugs. Garnish, if desired.

Note: We tested with Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale.


Lara Creasy,

JCT. Kitchen & Bar No. 246, Atlanta, Georgia,

December 2011
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