This punch can be simmered on the stove, but using a slow cooker to prepare this allows the aroma to be savored for hours. You can adjust the lemon juice to taste.
This is wassail the way it should be--tart, spicy, and not overly sweet. I did end up using less lemon juice because it was a little TOO tart for even me; however, I was using the bottled stuff which might have had something to do with it. Also, if the 8+ hour time frame is a turn-off for some, it can be made on the stovetop. I let it simmer for about 45 minutes and it tasted just as good. - 08 Dec 2004 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
I love how this recipe doesn't require any sugar and uses only juice and spices. I had everything on hand, and I even used a chunk of peeled, fresh ginger instead of the dried. I made it Sunday morning (in the crockpot) and we had it after dinner when we got home from church. Very yummy! - 23 Oct 2005 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
I followed the original recipe and did find it a little tart (as others have noted), but after adding a little extra apple cider, it was great! I made it at 8am for a party that night, and it got a lot of compliments! - 21 Dec 2004 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)