Gift Guide: Pressure Cooker Wassail in a Jar

Pressure Cooker Wassail in a jar with a white ribbon

5 from 4 reviews

Show your loved ones you care with a big cup of warm, spice filled Wassail, all packed up in a Mason Jar and ready to brew at any moment!



For the Mason Jar

  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 orange, pith cut off and discarded, then sliced
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 lemons, pith cut off and discarded, then sliced
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and cut into discs
  • 2 vanilla beans, split and cut into 1 inch pieces (can omit or substitute with 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract)

To add later

  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 4 cups orange juice


For the Mason Jar

  1. Layer the ingredients in the following order: orange slices, lemon slices, orange and lemon zest, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and vanilla.
  2. Top with lid.  Tie a ribbon around the jar, top it with a bow, or place it in a gift bag.

Include the following directions with the jar:

  1. Place Mason jar contents into the pressure cooker pot.  Add 8 cups apple cider and 4 cups orange juice.  Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position.  Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes.  When cooking is complete, use a 10 minute natural release.
  2. Carefully pour wassail through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.  Rinse out pressure cooker pot then pour wassail back inside.  Keep Wassail hot by turning on the warm function or the slow cooker low function.  Serve hot.
  3. Optional:  Use within 4 days of receiving the gift or place in the freezer for another time.

Keywords: pressure cooker, instant pot, wassail, holiday drink