Boilo in a mason jar without lid
5 from 3 votes


Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Cooling1 hr
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boilo, coal miner cocktail, whiskey cocktail
Servings: 6 quarts
Calories: 988kcal
Author: Christina Hitchcock


  • 4 Granny Smith apples - sliced
  • 4 oranges - sliced
  • 4 lemons - sliced
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup mulling spices
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 32 ounces cranberry juice
  • 32 ounces apple cider
  • 750 ml whiskey - traditionally Four Queens Whiskey is used
  • 750 ml grain alcohol - such as Everclear


  • Place fruit, spices, honey, apple cider and cranberry juice into a large slow cooker.
  • You may need to use two slow cookers to get everything to fit - if so, evenly split all of the ingredients between the two slow cookers.
  • Cook on high for four hours or until fruit is broken down.
  • Strain fruit and mulling spices from the mixture.
  • Cool to room temperature.
  • Add whiskey and grain alcohol once mixture is completely cooled.
  • Transfer Boilo to mason jars with tight fitting lids and store in a cool, dry place.
  • Boilo can be served warm or cold, depending on your preference.
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Try not using Alcohol: If you are having an all ages get together you can make this toddy without the alcohol.
This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd. Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and you can present a mason jar for your guests to take with them.
Try Different Fruits or Juices: Feel free to change up the fruits for a different taste. Blueberries would be great.
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