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WASSAIL {Crockpot Winter Punch}

Start your slow cooker or crockpot and serve a warm, spicy winter Wassail Punch that is festive with minimal effort. Add bourbon or run for more holiday “spirit!”

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If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

CHRISTMAS WASSAIL

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.

This Wassail is a slow cooked mulled punch with a fruity flavor, warm spices, and warm for the chilly holiday nights.

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WASSAIL PUNCH INGREDIENTS

  • pineapple juice
  • cranberry juice
  • apple juice
  • brown sugar
  • lemon
  • cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • allspice

You can also use apple cider and mulling spices if you prefer.

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.

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Crockpot Wassail Winter Punch cooking in the crock pot

HOW TO MAKE WASSAIL

FIRST: In a 7-quart (or larger) slow cooker, add the cranberry, pineapple, and apple juice. Stir in the brown sugar.

SECOND: Add the sliced lemon. In a small spice bag, add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and allspice. Add spice bag to the slow cooker.

THIRD: 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.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

WHAT IS WASSAIL AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

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.”

CAN WASSAIL BE SERVED COLD?

Yes you can! Wassail is traditionally served hot, but you can serve it cold or room temperature as well.

CAN YOU MAKE WASSAI AHEAD OF TIME AND REHEAT IT?

Yes you can. You can mix it up to 3 days ahead of time and heat it when you are ready to serve.

IS THERE A MULLING SPICE MIX AVAILABLE?

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.

WHY IS THIS CALLED A PERCOLATOR PUNCH?

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.

TAPAS TIPS & TRICKS

  • 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!

For a Percolator

  1. Add the juices and 3 cups of water to a coffee pot water reservoir.
  2. 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.
  3. Turn on and let the punch percolate fully before serving.
  4. Keep on the warm setting while serving.
  5. Enjoy!

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CHRISTMAS WASSAIL PUNCH RECIPE

2 glasses with Crockpot Winter Punch in them

Crockpot Winter Punch - Wassail - Percolator Punch

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Start your slow cooker or crockpot and serve your guests a warm, spicy Wassail punch that is festive with minimal effort!

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

For a Slow Cooker or Crockpot

  1. In a 7-quart (or larger) slow cooker, add the cranberry, pineapple, and apple juice.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar.
  3. Add the sliced lemon.
  4. In a small spice bag, add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and allspice.
  5. Add spice bag to the slow cooker.
  6. Cook on high for 2 hours then turn to warm and keep warm while serving.
  7. 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.
  8. Enjoy the Wassail - Crockpot Winter Punch in your belly and the festive smell in your house as it simmers.

For a Percolator

  1. Add the juices and 3 cups of water to a coffee pot water reservoir.
  2. 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.
  3. Turn on and let the punch percolate fully before serving.
  4. Keep on the warm setting while serving.
  5. Enjoy!

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Constance Carter

Friday 28th of December 2018

This was really great and easy. Thank you.

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

So glad you liked it!

Addison

Monday 17th of December 2018

Would you say that it's not good to let the alcohol simmer all day? I'm making this for an adults only party, so it would be much more convenient for me to just add the alcohol right to the crockpot....

I could also do that right before serving. Do you have any advice for how much to add?

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Tuesday 18th of December 2018

You can add right before serving. I would add 3/4 to 1 ounce per serving you have in the pot. Happy holidays!

Madi

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

This sounds like such a cozy drink! Perfect for a Christmas party!

Michaela Kenkel

Sunday 30th of September 2018

I absolutely love warm cocktails like this one!! The way you did the lemon slices with the cloves? So pretty!!

Sandra Shaffer

Saturday 1st of September 2018

This is a great no-fuss punch for entertaining, and the flavors continue to enhance as the ingredients meld together. Thanks for sharing this festive punch!

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