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Wassail Bowl Punch

All ages will enjoy this warming punch. The blend of spice, fruit and citrus flavors is scrumptious. You can assemble it before heading out for a winter activity and sip away the chill when you return. It's ready whenever you are. —Margaret Harms, Jenkins, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    3-1/2 quarts


  • 4 cups hot brewed tea
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 12 whole cloves


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first six ingredients. Place the cinnamon sticks and cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add to slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on high for 1 hour or until punch begins to boil. Discard spice bag. Serve warm.

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  • BakerDeborah
    Dec 26, 2017

    This was a hit after our cold Christmas walk today. I tasted it before adding any sugar, and decided it was sweet enough for our family. I also added a sliced orange for fun.

  • brendahanna
    Jan 5, 2016

    Very good. Will make again.

  • angelhairred
    Dec 26, 2013

    I make this from hunting season through the last snow storm in the Blue Ridge Mts of VA.I omit the tea and use diet or light cranberry, apple, and two packets of sugar free cherry cool aid, with several drops of cinnamon oil. I keep my large crock pot going from breakfast until bed time. It's caffine free and can be added to as the pot gets lower. With all the juice it is great for sore throats, colds, and the winter chill. You gotta try it! (No sugar needed)

  • bowler_jen
    Dec 18, 2012

    Delicious and simple. I use echinacea tea for the base and closer to 5 cups of it.

  • bakermother4
    Dec 31, 2011

    No comment left

  • egagnon21
    Dec 5, 2010

    This was a big hit with young and old on Thansgiving. Had a bottle of ginger brandy ready for the adults to add and the youngsters loved it minus the brandy. The only thing I would do differently is cut back a bit on the lemon juices.

  • Jerusha3
    Dec 16, 2008

    I love this stuff! My family requests it Thanksgiving through New Years. I keep mine warm in a crockpot set on low. You may need to watch it, though. I first saw the recipe in a Gooseberry Patch book.

  • YMPilko
    Dec 16, 2008

    Is there a server/punch bowl out there that keeps it warm?