Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 08:08 pm
Start your slow cooker or crockpot and serve a warm, spicy crockpot winter Wassail punch that is festive with minimal effort. Add bourbon or rum for holiday “spirit.”
Everyone needs a good punch recipe and this one is a doozy! I had never heard of Percolator Punch before moving to Georgia but I am not so old that I don’t know what a percolator is. Nowadays everyone has one of those single cup coffee makers but I have a coffee maker that brews 60 cups of coffee. That is perfect for making a large batch of Percolator Punch but not convenient for everyone.
Know what is convenient for everyone? A Crockpot. Just about everyone has a crockpot or slow cooker. At least I know more people have a crockpot than a 60 cup coffee percolator. Let’s get back to the punch!
Just take me to the Wassail – Percolator Punch Recipe Already!
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Wassail Spiced Punch
This Percolator Punch, which I later found out is very similar to Wassail. Have you heard of Wassail before? Wassail, Percolator Punch, Crock Pot Punch, and Mulled Cider are all very similar. Punches made from wine or juice that are heated with a spice mix and occasionally dried fruit. It is usually served around Christmas time or during the Winter holidays.
These spices are called “Mulling Spices” and usually consist of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Sometimes star anise, cardamom, and whole peppercorns. My version of Wassail, or Percolator Punch, has a simplified spice mix because I like to highlight the fruit flavors from the juices. Another great punch of mine to try is my Pumpkin Apple Punch!
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Party Punches for the Crockpot
My version of Wassail is the perfect party punch to make in the crockpot because a 60 cup coffee maker is not convenient. Listen to how easy it is! Just combine the cranberry, apple, and pineapple juices in the crockpot. A little brown sugar makes it sweeter so I add some of that too! Next comes the mulling spices.
Whole cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, and whole cloves are placed in a spice bag. Because we are not running it through a coffee maker where the spices are placed in the filter basket, we need to contain the spices. No one wants a whole clove floating in their punch cup, much less in their mouth!
Put everything in the crockpot or slow cooker. This recipe makes over 5 quarts so make sure you have a large enough slow cooker. I use a 7 quart one like this. Place everything in the crockpot and turn it on high for 2 hours. Be sure to give it a stir every 15 minutes to make sure the sugar has completely dissolved. Once the 2 hours are up, turn the temperature to low and serve.
If you would like to make this punch with even more “holiday spirit” add a little bourbon or rum to your glass before you add the Wassail.
FAQ about Wassail Spiced Punch:
- Q: Can Wassail be served cold?
A: Yes you can! Wassail is traditionally served hot, but you can serve it cold or room temperature as well.
- Q: Can you make Wassail ahead of time and reheat it?
A: Yes you can. You can mix it up to 3 days ahead of time and heat it when you are ready to serve.
- Q: What is Wassail and what does it mean?
A: Wassail is a traditional spiced ale that is consumed around Christmas time. The word comes from a greeting or a traditional “toast” that translates to “be in good health.”
- Q: Is there a mix available?
A: There is a packaged mix of dried spices that you can purchase to make it easier but I prefer to mix my own spices to make sure they are of good quality and potency.
- Q: Why is this called a Percolator Punch?
A: The original recipe that I have for this is for making it in a coffee percolator. The spices are placed in the filter basket and the punch is circulated over them like when brewing coffee.
Other great Crock Pot Punch recipes to try!
- Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider
- Bourbon Apple Cider
- Slow Cooker Christmas Punch
- Spiced Wine
- Andes Mint Hotchata
- Crock Pot Hot Buttered Rum
- Crockpot Pot Cranberry Apple Sangria / Mocktail Version
- Scarlet Wine Punch
- Lemonade Cider with Ginger Swizzle Sticks
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Easy Winter Wassail Punch Recipe
- 6 cups pineapple juice (unsweetened if you can find it)
- 8 cups cranberry juice
- 6 cups apple juice
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 lemon (sliced thin)
- 1 tablespoon cloves (whole)
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon allspice (whole)
For a Slow Cooker or Crockpot
- In a 7-quart (or larger) slow cooker, add the cranberry, pineapple, and apple juice.
- Stir in the brown sugar.
- Add the sliced lemon.
- In a small spice bag, add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and allspice.
- Add spice bag to the slow cooker.
- Cook on high for 2 hours then turn to warm and keep warm while serving.
- If you would like to add some holiday "spirit" to your crockpot winter punch, add 1 ounce of bourbon or rum to your glass for every 8 ounces of punch.
- Enjoy the Wassail - Crockpot Winter Punch in your belly and the festive smell in your house as it simmers.
For a Percolator
- Add the juices and 3 cups of water to a coffee pot water reservoir.
- Add the brown sugar, lemons, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon sticks to the basket where you usually place the coffee grounds with a filter if needed.
- Turn on and let the punch percolate fully before serving.
- Keep on the warm setting while serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 155 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 14mg Carbohydrates: 39g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 33g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
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