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Hot Apple Cider

A classic wassail punch that will impress your guests, while warming hands, tummies, and spirits. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs


  • Crock Pot or Instant Pot
  • Sharp knife
  • Measuring Spoons


  • 1/2 gallon Apple Cider
  • 1 Large Apple (I used Fuji, my favourite)
  • 1 Bosch pear
  • 2-3 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp Whole Cloves (about 10 cloves)
  • Fresh grated nutmeg (optional, but amazing!)
  • 8 oz Bourbon *optional


  • Gather all of your ingredients together, and set your crock pot to Low. 
  • Pour in your cider and let it begin to simmer while you prepare the fruit
  • Slice your apples width-wise straight through the core. If you can see the 'star' in the center you've got it right.
  • Measure out your spices directly into the pot. A little spill won't ruin the mix.
  • Let the cider and spices simmer to perfection over 2-4 hours, and ladle into big ole mugs when guests arrive.