Slow Cooker Apple-Cranberry Holiday Wassail

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Turn your slow cooker into a hot punch bowl to make your holidays easier – and your evenings warmer and cozier with this hot mulled cider recipe. Make this Cooking Light crowd pleaser ahead of time so you have one less thing to do in the pre-party rush before guests arrive.


  • 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) strips orange rind
  • 3 (1-inch) strips lemon rind
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp dark rum


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 for 5 hours.

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.



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