Apple-Ale Wassail

Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on time 5 mins
Total time 3 hrs, 5 mins
Yield Makes about 7 cups
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.


  • 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)

How to Make It

  1. 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.

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

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