Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pomegranate Wassail

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Every year we have a big Christmas party. It is my favorite party of the year, because I get to cook, cook and cook. All the food is served in small bites, appetizer portions. We will have about 40 people, and I have a little over twenty recipes to make. It is a lot of work, and I rarely have time to think about a fun beverage. This year, I’ve got the drink covered. Over the Halloween weekend, I made some Apple Cider Pomegranate Wassail in my slow cooker. Can I just tell you how good my kitchen smelled?! A wassail is spiced ale or mulled wine. I made mine non-alcoholic with some delicious apple cider and pomegranate juice. It is still flavored with cinnamon sticks, star anise and allspice. I probably could have called it mulled apple cider, but I remember singing a Christmas Carol “Here We Come A Wassailing” during a school Christmas event when we lived in England. I think I was in 6th grade. Having a glass of wassail sounded so exciting to a 6th grader. I did not know what it was at the time, just that I should be drinking it at Christmas. It took me 30 years before I actually tried it.

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A co-worker of mine made it for an office Christmas party. We just happened to win the office decorating contest that year too! Big bragging rights there. Fast forward another 10 years, and I am making it at home. As my version has no alcohol, it is perfect for children and adults alike. Instead of having a mug of hot chocolate after school, my daughter can enjoy a mug of Apple Cider Pomegranate Wassail. This recipe also makes a lot, I mean a lot. I used a gallon of apple cider in the recipe after all. It is very important to use apple cider instead of apple juice. Apple cider should not have any sugar added to it. Read the label to make sure you get apple cider without sugar. Apple juice has sugar added to it. I wanted to control the sweetness and with the pomegranate juice, I’ve made a more tart beverage perfect for Winter.

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When your guests arrive, they will be greeted by the delicious aroma of the spices and citrus brewing in your slow cooker.  There is no need for those artificial smelling candles.  Sorry, they make me sneeze, so I am not a fan.  The smell is intoxicating and will bring a festive and warm glow to your party. It is a very simple recipe.  Make a ginger simple syrup with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated.  Pour the syrup, cider and pomegranate juice into the slow cooker.  Throw in the spices and set it to low for four hours. That is it!  SPLENDA® isn’t just for baking. You find lots of other ideas in the Sweet Swaps program by SPLENDA® Sweeteners. You can also follow SPLENDA® sweeteners on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

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Yields 25

Serves 6 oz.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pomegranate Wassail

15 minPrep Time

4 hrCook Time

4 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 inches ginger, sliced
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 24 oz. pomegranate juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole allspice
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/4 tsp. Chinese five spice
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • Optional: sliced apples to garnish

Instructions

  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, cook the SPLENDA® sweetener, water and ginger until the sweetener dissolves. Turn off the heat and let steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the ginger simple syrup along with the ginger pieces to a slow cooker.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  5. Be sure to remove whole spices before serving
  6. *Beverage is hot. Serve in something heat proof.
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Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Charlotte Moore says
    This would be good on this cold morning in North GA.
  2. I first had wassail in college, a friend brought some to a dinner party I was having. I need to try your recipe - sounds SO good!
  3. I love wassail and this version sounds soooo good! I love the addition of the pomegranate and Chinese five spice!
  4. That sounds so refreshing! Love all the warming spices!
  5. I love wassail and I'm diggin' the spin you've put on this one! Yum!
  6. oh, I can almost smell it now! what a wonderful holiday drink
  7. This sounds wonderful! Makes me want to cuddle up with a cup and book!
  8. This is the perfect beverage for this chilly midwest evenings. Loving apples right now and your wassail with the pomegranate pop is perfect.
  9. This sounds so refreshing and delicious! What a great slow cooker recipe!
  10. I love that this is made in the slow cooker. What a delicious warm winter libation.
  11. Yum! This would be lovely to have simmering in the background on Thanksgiving!
  12. This is the drink I want in my slow cooker on Thanksgiving! It looks ah-mazing!
  13. This sounds delicious, and I love that it is made in the slow cooker! :) Love the idea of the ginger simple syrup too.
  14. Erica (@Erica's Recipes) says
    This wassail sounds so special - love the addition of sweet pomegranate against the tart apple. And I can't believe we're talking Christmas already!
  15. This wassail sounds so good, I would love to try it!
  16. I never thought of putting pomegranate in wassail, but now that I think of it, I probably should have! We'll definitely be making some on Christmas Eve.
  17. I love warm winter drinks and it's even better when made in the slow cooker. Love this!
  18. This is absolutely the coolest drink I've seen this holiday season. I love beverages done in the slow cooker. This is really pretty and I have a feeling it would go over well at my household.
  19. I used to love singing that song when I was a kid! I've always wanted to try wassail. I really appreciate that your's is alcohol free so that I can easily serve it at a family party.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Kirsten, I sing the song in my head every time I see this recipe. I like to serve this alcohol free. For a party, I simply put some alcohol next to it for adults who want a little extra zing in their drink.

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