10 Delectable Slow Cooker Drinks You Won’t Want to Live Without Over The Holidays

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10 Delicious Slow Cooker Drinks You Need Over The Holidays

You may actually look forward to cozy-ing up to the winter warlock and the frosty temps much more with these amazingly delicious, toasty up your insides, slow cooker drinks from Better Homes and Gardens. These slow cooker drinks are the perfect thing to warm you over the Holidays or when you’re locked inside with cabin fever. Guaranteed to improve your mood and make your insides happy while nestled up on the sofa, gathering with friends and family or just relaxing solo, listening to some tunes and watching the snowflakes pass.

 

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Bourbon Citrus Sipper

bourbon citrus sipper

Sugar and spice make everything nice, especially when combined with a bit of bourbon. Leave out the alcohol if you’d like. It will still taste delicious. Bourbon Citrus Sipper

  • Author: Better Homes and Gardens
  • Method: slow cooker
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Ingredients

6
cups apple cider or apple juice (48 ounces)
1/4
cup sugar
9
inches stick cinnamon
8
whole cloves
1/2
teaspoon anise seeds
1
large naval orange, sliced
1
medium lemon, sliced
1/2
cup bourbon

Instructions

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 hours. Add orange and lemon slices. Cover and cook for 30 minutes minutes more.
Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl; strain cider mixture. (Or use a slotted spoon to remove orange slices, lemon slice, and whole spices.) If using high-heat setting, turn cooker to low-heat setting. Pour the strained mixture back into the slow cooker to keep warm.
Just before serving, add bourbon to cider mixture.

Notes

bourbon citrus sipper

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Lemonade Cider With Ginger Swizzle Stick

lemon drink

This citrus cider is family friendly, totally simple, and loaded with cool factor. Bob for the floating apples and swirl the swizzles.

  • Author: Better Homes and Gardens
  • Method: slow cooker drinks
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Ingredients

8
cups apple cider or apple juice
4
cups lemonade
2
tablespoons packed brown sugar
28
small chunks crystallized ginger
8
inches stick cinnamon, broken
8
whole allspice
1
apple, cored, seeded, and cut into thin wedges
12
4 inches wooden picks or skewers

Instructions

In a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker combine cider, lemonade, and brown sugar.
For a spice bag, cut a 6-inch square from a double thickness of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Place four pieces of ginger, the cinnamon, and allspice in the center of cheesecloth. Bring up corners of the cheesecloth; tie bag closed with 100-percent-cotton kitchen string. Add spice bag to slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Discard spice bag. Add apple wedges to slow cooker.
For swizzle sticks, thread two pieces of ginger onto each wooden pick or skewer. Ladle cider mixture into mugs. Garnish each serving with a swizzle stick with ginger pieces down in cider mixture.

Notes

lemonade cider

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Splatter Paint Cocoa

splatter paint cocoa

No marshmallows needed here. Dress your next mug of hot cocoa in haphazard squeezes of sweet ice cream topping — hot fudge, silky caramel, or both! A spoonful of peanut butter makes the cocoa extra creamy.

  • Author: BHG
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup premium unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/41/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 4 cups half-and-half or light cream
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces or 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/41/2 cup hot fudge ice cream topping

Instructions

In a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker combine cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Stir in the hot water until mixture forms a paste. Stir in peanut butter. Whisk in half-and-half and milk.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. (Do not boil.) Add bittersweet chocolate, whisking until chocolate is melted.
If necessary, skim “skin” from surface; discard. Serve immediately or keep warm, covered, on warm-heat setting or low-heat setting for up to 2 hours.
About 30 minutes before serving, microwave hot fudge ice cream topping on 100 percent power (high) for 30 seconds; stir. Use a spoon to splatter the warm topping around the insides of glass mugs or thick-sided clear glasses; let topping set up.
Before serving, stir in vanilla. Carefully ladle hot cocoa mixture into prepared mugs or glasses.

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Cinnamon Pumpkin Toddy

cinnamon pumpkin toddy

This wonderfully rich drink combines real pumpkin with sugary maple syrup. A warming cup of rye whiskey and a half-cup of schnapps make this recipe adults-only. Add a dollop of Cinnamon Whipped Cream to top it all off.

  • Author: BHG
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Ingredients

5
cups water
1/2
cup pure maple syrup
1/3
cup canned pumpkin
1
cup rye whiskey or bourbon
1/2
cup apple-cinnamon schnapps or cinnamon schnapps
1
recipe Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Ground cinnamon and/or stick cinnamon

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

 

Instructions

In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine the water, maple syrup, and pumpkin.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Stir in rye whiskey and schnapps.
Ladle into mugs. Serve with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and garnish with ground cinnamon and/or stick cinnamon.

For Whipped Cream:

In a medium mixing bowl beat whipping cream, sugar, and cinnamon with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until soft peaks form. Makes 2 cups.

Notes

cinnamon pumpkin toddy

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Silk Raspberry Hot Chocolate

silk raspberry chocolate

Hot cocoa gets a little fruity thanks to some sweet spiking. Choose liqueur or simple syrup to flavor yours. One warm sip and you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner!

  • Author: BHG
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Ingredients

4
cups half-and-half or light cream
4
cups whole milk
1
12 ounce package bittersweet chocolate pieces or 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2
cup milk chocolate pieces
1/2
cup raspberry liqueur or raspberry beverage flavoring syrup
1
tablespoon vanilla
1
recipe Chocolate-Hazelnut Cream (optional)

Instructions

In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine half-and-half and milk. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
If necessary, skim and discard “skin” from surface. Stir in bittersweet chocolate pieces and milk chocolate pieces. Whisk until chocolate pieces are melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in liqueur and vanilla.
Serve immediately or keep warm, covered, on warm- or low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. If desired, top each serving with Chocolate-Hazelnut Cream.

Notes

silk raspberry chocolate

Nutrition

  • Sugar: 21
  • Fat: 34
  • Protein: 8
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Mulled Cranberry Punch

mulled cranberry

This ruby-red drink is brimming with the warm flavors of cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. A sweet sugared rim and fresh orange zest give the drink its dazzling finish.

  • Author: BHG
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Ingredients

orange
8
inches stick cinnamon, broken
8
whole cloves
4
whole allspice
1
32 ounce bottle cranberry juice
1
11 1/2 ounce can frozen white grape-raspberry juice concentrate
4
cups water

Instructions

Use a vegetable peeler to remove several 2- to 3-inch-long sections of orange peel from the orange, avoiding the white pith underneath. Juice the orange.
For a spice bag, cut a 6-inch square from a double thickness of 100%-cotton cheesecloth. Place orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice in the center of the square. Bring the corners together and tie closed with 100%-cotton kitchen string.
In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, combine cranberry juice, juice concentrate, the water, orange juice, and spice bag.
Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove spice bag and discard. Serve immediately or keep warm on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours.

Notes

mulled cranberry

Nutrition

  • Sugar: 26
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Slow cooker spiced green tea

spiced green tea

Cozy on up with a steamy cup of tea. Our slow-cooked green tea version features cinnamon, ginger, and a sunny splash of peach-mango juice

  • Author: BHG
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Ingredients

6
inches stick cinnamon, broken*
1
tablespoon snipped crystallized ginger
4
cups brewed green tea
4
cups orange-peach-mango juice or orange juice
1
cup dried fruit, such as peaches, apricots, and/or pears

Orange slices

Sugar (optional)

Instructions

For a spice bag, place cinnamon and crystallized ginger in the center of a double-thick, 6- to 8-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners; tie closed with clean cotton string.
In a 3 1/2- to 4 1/2-quart slow cooker combine tea and juice. Add spice bag and dried fruit. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours. Remove and discard spice bag and dried fruit.
Ladle tea into cups. Float an orange slice in each cup. If desired, sweeten to taste with sugar. Makes 8 servings.

Notes

spiced green tea

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Scarlett Wine Punch

scarlett wine punch

Dry white wine spritzed with tart cranberry juice gets its sweet side from brown sugar. A stick of cinnamon warms up the flavor, and a decadent cranberry garnish ties it all together.

  • Author: BHG
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Ingredients

2
sticks cinnamon, broken into 1-inch pieces
4
whole cloves
1
32 ounce bottle cranberry juice (4 cups)
1/3
cup packed brown sugar
1
750 milliliter bottle white Zinfandel or dry white wine

Cranberry-Cinnamon Swizzle Sticks (optional)

Instructions

For spice bag, cut a double thickness of 100%-cotton cheesecloth into a 6-inch square. Place cinnamon and cloves in center of cheesecloth square. Bring up corners of cheesecloth and tie closed with clean 100%-cotton kitchen string.
In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine spice bag, cranberry juice, and brown sugar.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove spice bag.
If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir wine into mixture in cooker. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more.
Serve immediately or cover and keep warm on warm setting or low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
If desired, serve with Cranberry-Cinnamon Swizzle Sticks.

Notes

scarlett wine punch

Cranberry-Cinnamon Swizzle Sticks:

  1. Break or crush cinnamon sticks into long, thin pieces. Thread fresh cranberries onto the cinnamon pieces.
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White Hot Chocolate Slow Cooker Drink

white hot chocolate

White chocolate is a pretty alternative to an old favorite. Add the ingredients to your slow cooker, and sit back as the sweet aroma of vanilla bean and cardamom fills your home.

  • Author: BHG
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Ingredients

6
inches stick cinnamon
8
cardamom pods
1
vanilla bean, split or 2 teaspoons vanilla
3
cups half-and-half or light cream
3
cups milk
1 1/2
cups white baking pieces

Grated dark chocolate and/or white chocolate (optional)

Instructions

Place the cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla bean, if using, on a square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners of cheesecloth and tie with 100-percent-cotton string.
In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker stir together the cream, milk, and baking pieces. Add spice bag. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring halfway through cooking time. Remove spice bag and stir in vanilla, if using. If desired, top servings with grated chocolate.

Notes

white hot chocolate

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Simmered Tropical Sipper

simmered tropical sipper

You’ll be raising your glass to this fruity, slightly fizzy drink that is both warming and refreshing — even without the optional splash of dark rum.

Perfect slow cooker drink for the holidays!

  • Author: BHG
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Ingredients

5
cups pineapple-orange-banana juice
2
cups mango nectar
1
11 ounce container coconut water or 1 1/3 cups water
1/4
cup honey
2
teaspoons finely shredded lime peel
1
teaspoon whole allspice
23
dashes aromatic bitters
2
12 ounce bottles ginger beer or ginger ale
4
fresh or canned pineapple slices, cut into thirds
2
tablespoons lime juice

Instructions

In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker combine pineapple-orange-banana juice, mango nectar, coconut water, honey, lime peel, allspice, and bitters. Cover and cook on low-heat setting about 4 hours or on high-heat setting about 2 hours or until heated through.
If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Remove allspice with a slotted spoon. Stir in the ginger beer, pineapple, and lime juice. Cover and cook about 15 minutes more or until warm (should still be a bit fizzy tasting). Makes 16 servings.

Notes

simmered tropical sipper

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Horchata Latte

Almond milk and espresso powder combine for this cozy slow cooker drink. Using the water from slow-cooked long grain rice adds flavor and texture you’ve been missing in lattes all along.

  • Author: BHG
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Ingredients

7
cups boiling water
3
cups uncooked long grain rice
6
inches stick cinnamon
3/4
cup sugar
5
cups vanilla-flavor unsweetened almond milk or rice milk, or reduced-fat milk
3
tablespoons instant espresso coffee powder or dark-roast coffee powder

Ground cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

In a large pitcher or bowl combine boiling water, rice, and stick cinnamon. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 6 to 24 hours. Remove stick cinnamon.
Working in batches, in a blender combine rice mixture and sugar. Cover and blend on high speed until nearly smooth (mixture will still have bits of rice). Line a sieve with cheesecloth and strain mixture into a 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in almond milk and coffee powder.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 hours, whisking once halfway through cooking.
Whisk well before serving. Serve in coffee cups or mugs. If desired, sprinkle each serving with ground cinnamon. Makes 22 servings.

Notes

horchata latte

Nutrition

  • Sugar: 7
  • Fat: 1
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Enjoy these slow cooker drinks throughout the entire winter and before you know it Spring will be here!

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