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Apple-Ale Wassail

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.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Makes about 7 cups
  • 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.


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