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4 Tasty Drinks to Make in Your Slow Cooker

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Spring is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate the welcomed warm sunshine than with a tasty fruit punch on the patio? From fresh fruit drinks to lemonade and chai teas, there are a number of punches you can create in your slow cooker. Most recipes require a larger 5-quart slow cooker, but if you're only expecting a few guests, cut the recipe in half and use the festive purple polka-dotted Crock-Pot® 2.5-Quart Manual Slow Cooker for your spring concoctions.

This festive slow cooker is perfect for making a half batch of these tasty spring drink recipes.This festive slow cooker is perfect for making a half batch of these tasty spring drink recipes.

Fresh Fruit Punch
Sip into spring with this fresh and tropical recipe for fruit-filled punch. This bright, refreshing drink not only tastes delicious, but it looks great in the center of a brunch spread as well.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling water (1.5 liters)
  • 6 cups chopped watermelon, seeded
  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • 1 cup chopped papaya
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple.

Directions

  1. Add the sugar and water to your Crock-Pot® 2.5-Quart Manual Slow Cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or until the mixture is clear.
  3. Set aside to cool or refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. In a punch bowl, combine the sugar mixture, wine and sparkling water. Mix well.
  5. Add the chopped watermelon, mango, papaya and pineapple.
  6. Serve cold.

Mixed Berry Punch
For a slightly darker, juicier fruit punch of dark berries, try this recipe. It's perfect for serving with an afternoon snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water.

Directions

  1. Add the frozen blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries to the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lemon on top.
  3. Pour sugar and water over fruit.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.
  5. Taste for sweetness and add more sugar if needed.
  6. Let fruit punch come to room temperature, then strain fruit if desired.
  7. Pour punch into a carafe or punch bowl for serving. 
An assortment of frozen berries make this punch extra sweet.An assortment of frozen berries make this punch extra sweet.

Chai Tea
It's never too late in the year to enjoy a hot cup of chai tea. Create a batch of this warm, sweet and spiced tea to serve at your next brunch or to enjoy with your morning paper as you listen to the birds chirping outside. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 ounces fresh gingerroot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 25 whole cloves
  • 15 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, 3 inches in length
  • 3 whole peppercorns
  • 3 1/2 quarts water
  • 8 individual black tea bags.

Directions

  1. Bring the gingerroot, cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks and peppercorns together and place on the double thickness of a cheesecloth.
  2. Tie together securely with a string to enclose the seasoning.
  3. Add the spice bag and water to your slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Add black tea bags, cover and seep for 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Discard tea bags and spice bag.
  7. Stir in milk if desired, serve warm.

Slow-Cooked Lemonade
There's no better way to create a giant batch of sweet and tasty lemonade than with your slow cooker. Break out your 6- or 7-quart slow cooker and follow this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 12 cups cold water.

Directions

  1. Combine the sugar and water in your slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high for about 1 to 2 hours, stirring to dissolve sugar completely.
  3. Add lemon juice and allow mixture to cool.
  4. Pour in remaining cold water and let chill.
  5. Serve cold and enjoy!
This slow-cooked recipe for lemonade makes enough to last all season.This slow-cooked recipe for lemonade makes enough for even the busiest lemonade stand.
Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that calls for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.
 
 

 

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