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Apple-Cranberry Holiday Wassail

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford, Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 5 hrs, 10 mins
Yield

Serves 16 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

We spiked this punch with dark rum, but it's equally nice with bourbon. Or omit the bourbon altogether for an alcohol-free version of this warming beverage.

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1 quart cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 18 whole allspice
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 3 (1-inch-wide) strips orange rind
  • 3 (1-inch-wide) strips lemon rind
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons dark rum

Nutrition Information

  • calories 174
  • fat 0.0 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 1 g
  • carbohydrate 33 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 4 mg
  • calcium 11 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine cider, cranberry juice, and honey in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Place allspice, cloves, and cinnamon sticks on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely, and place in slow cooker. Add vanilla bean and citrus rinds; cover and cook on LOW 5 hours.

  2. Remove sachet, vanilla bean, and citrus rinds from slow cooker; discard. Pour in rum, and reduce temperature to WARM. Cover; serve directly from slow cooker.