Crockpot Hot Apple Cider (Wassail)

Crockpot Hot Apple Cider (Wassail)

The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8 to 12 Servings
Yield: 12 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
189 Calories
1g Fat
47g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 157mg 784%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 447mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This delicious recipe for crockpot hot apple cider is a traditional beverage, sometimes called wassail, that usually consists of spiced wine or beer flavored with roasted apples. This non-alcoholic apple cider version can be enjoyed by everyone.

It's perfect for a cold winter day after you have come into your warm cozy house from sledding or skating. This drink is also delicious for entertaining. If you have a pretty crockpot, you can serve the beverage right out of that appliance. Be sure you supply a heatproof ladle and sturdy mugs with handles.

You can add other spices to this recipe if you'd like. Some star anise would be delicious, and the star-shaped spice is also gorgeous floating on the surface of the drink.

Serve this beverage with some easy appetizers such as a cheese ball or hot artichoke dip. It's also great with a raw vegetable dip or with cheese fondue.

"I was excited to try this drink because I love the spiced apple cider sold at cider mills in the fall. It was easy to put together and used spices I already had in my pantry. I let it simmer in the crockpot while we shoveled and sled. Everyone loved this, even the picky kids." —Carrie Parente

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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Crockpot Hot Apple Cider (Wassail) ingredients

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

  2. Combine the apple cider, brown sugar, ground cloves, ground allspice, cinnamon sticks, and the orange studded with 5 whole cloves in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker.

    apple cider in a slow cooker, brown sugar, ground cloves, ground allspice, cinnamon sticks, and the orange studded with 5 whole cloves

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

  3. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

    Hot Apple Cider (Wassail) cooking in a slow cooker

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

  4. Serve in mugs, garnished with star anise, if using, and enjoy.

    Crockpot Hot Apple Cider (Wassail) in a glass mug

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard


  • You can keep this beverage warm for about 2 hours after it is done cooking. Just turn the slow cooker to "keep warm." This recipe can be cut in half for a smaller gathering.