Hot Drink Recipes You Can Make in Your Slow Cooker
Did you know there are far more creative drinks you can create in your slow cooker than the classic hot chocolate and eggnog? The holidays may be winding down but the last few relaxing days of vacation time are perfect for stirring up hot, winter-inspired libations. To make enough for friends and family, use your Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Cook & Carry™ Manual Slow Cooker with Little Dipper® Warmer so that you can even bring a batch down the street for your neighbors.
Try one of these creative recipes - your loved ones' taste buds will be thanking you later.
Cinnamon Pumpkin Toddy
If you love a warm mug of tea, try out this recipe for cinnamon pumpkin toddy - a sweet drink with some spice and a little kick.
- 5 cups water
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps
- 1 cup rye whiskey or bourbon
- Ground cinnamon, for topping
- Cinnamon whipped cream, optional for topping.
In your slow cooker, combine the water, maple syrup and pumpkin. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or on high for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Then, stir in the rye whiskey or bourbon and cinnamon schnapps. Pour the drink into mugs for serving and top with ground cinnamon and whipped cream if desired.
Mulled Cranberry Punch
This recipe for mulled cranberry drink packs a lot of flavor into one sip. This is a great punch to make for holiday parties or New Year's Eve celebrations.
- 1 bottle of cranberry juice, 32 ounces
- 4 cups water
- 1 can frozen white grape-raspberry juice concentrate
- Spice bag
- 1 orange
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken
- 8 whole cloves
- 4 whole allspice.
With a vegetable peeler, remove several sections of the orange peel, 2 to 3-inches thick. Juice the orange. In your spice bag, place the orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and allspice in the center and tied the bag closed. In your slow cooker, bring together the cranberry juice, water, fresh squeezed orange juice, white grape-raspberry concentrate and the spice bag. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove the spice bag and serve into mugs immediately or keep on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours.
A cozy night in by the fireplace calls for a glass of red wine to match the mood. To make the night even better, why not try out this recipe for homemade slow-cooked mulled wine? It's guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 bottle red wine, cabernet sauvignon is recommended
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brandy, optional
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cloves
- 3 star anise
- 4 oranges, peeled, for garnish.
In your slow cooker, combine the apple cider, red wine, orange juice, orange zest and honey. Stir well to combine all ingredients. Then, add in your cloves, cinnamon and anise. Cover and cook on low for 1 hour. Stir in the brandy if desired. If not, serve into glasses and top with orange peels and cinnamon sticks for garnish and enjoy!