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Got a slow cooker that you rely on for easy family meals? Did you know your slow cooker is also perfect for making big batches of warm, delicious drinks with ease for parties and festive holiday gatherings?
So if you’ve got a party or Christmas holiday gathering coming up, grab your Crockpot and delight your party guests with one of these delicious slow cooker drink recipes.
I’ve put together a list of 25 alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink recipes. Traditional festival favourites like mulled wine and apple cider, gingerbread lattes and various ways to transform hot chocolate from ordinary to extraordinary.
SLOW COOKER DRINKS: QUICK AND EASY FOR PARTIES
Never made a drink in a slow cooker? Well you are missing out, especially if you find yourself hosting in the run up to Christmas when you’re also have 101 other things to do, no time to prepare and no energy to be the hostest with the mostest.
Making use of the slow cooker to make a batch of warming and delicious festive drinks is a brilliant way to minimise the time spent preparing for guests whilst being guaranteed that they will feel like you’ve spent hours perfecting a warming welcoming drink for them.
You can also leave them simmering in the slow cooker so that they are ready for top-ups all through the party.
You can make drinks that work for kids – think fancy hot chocolate that you can squirt cream on top and sprinkle with marshmallows.
Or you can add a little alcohol for a more grown-up hot chocolate. Slow cooker cocktails are a thing too.
25 SLOW COOKER DRINKS: EASY ALCOHOLIC AND NON-ALCOHOLIC RECIPES
ALCOHOLIC SLOW COOKER DRINK RECIPES
From mulled wine right the way through to boozy hot chocolate via hot punch and spiced apple cider. These warm alcoholic drink recipes will have your mouth watering as you browse them.
There are just two ingredients to this apple cider bourbon whisky cocktail. You can probably guess what they are from its name! But just because there are just two ingredients doesn't mean that this wonderfully warming cocktail lacks flavour, in fact it has the full on wow factor as well as being super simple to make.
A hot punch? Sounds like something you get in a bar brawl. Anyhoo... I love pomegranate, so I will be embarking on slow cooking this for sure. What is lovely about this recipe hot cocktail recipe is that it is low on sugar, so you get the full power of a hot punch without the ensuing paunch!!
Yum! Rum! When I hear hot buttered, I usually think of toast or hot crossed buns... but rum will more than do. This wonderful slow cooker recipe melds vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and clove to spice up hot buttered rum.
This is a recipe for Glogg, a traditional Norwegian (and Scandinavian) mulled wine. The difference between Glogg and mulled wine is the use of Aquavit and cardamom. Cardamon is a distant cousin of ginger and it really has become a defining aspect of Glogg.
This recipe is for a warm spiced apple cider packed with flavours of pumpkin pie spice and delicious, silky caramel. It is a wonderful twist on a more classic spiced apple cider and perfect for making in a slow cooker.
Boozy hot chocolate is one of the most naughty but nice drinks you can make in a slow cooker. Just add marshmallows and a squirt of whipped cream and serve to adults who like a little extra kick in their hot chocolate.
NON-ALCOHOLIC SLOW COOKER DRINK RECIPES
Slow cookers are also great for making non-alcoholic drinks, perfect for kids parties, especially at Halloween. They are particulary useful because you can leave them on a low simmer whilst you are busy keeping the kids happy and occupied.
It's also useful to have non-alcoholic drinks to hand for teetotal friends or when you simply don't fancy servicing alcohol.
This non-alcoholic holiday punch is made with an enticing combination of cranberry, pineapple, cinnamon, and cloves to refresh and warm on every level. Serve with a garnish of orange for a fabulous colour clash.
Starbucks have done for gingerbread lattes what Coca Cola did for making red the colour of Christmas. If you fancy making your own gingerbread lattes, this is the recipe to use. Make a batch of it in your slow cooker and save a small fortune on buying the takeout version!!
This is quite possibly the most creamy and decadent hot chocolate recipe ever invented for a slow cooker. Mixing peppermint with white chocolate is the sweetest combination. It's a super easy recipe. Just add peppermint candy canes to delight the kids even more.
My name is Luci and I am a chocoholic. Plus I adore salted caramel. So this is my absolute ultimate favourite on this list of drink recipes. It is incredibly naughty and ever so nice!! It is almost worth buying a Crockpot just to be able to make it.
I have an Instant Pot that has a slow cooker function, so this recipe for Instant Pot Apple Cider caught my eye. This is a non-alcoholic apple cider that you can make with fresh apples, plus a bunch of warming spices to create a cozy and warming drink.
Isn't it funny how Terry's chocolate oranges have become as much a part of Christmas as crackers and Rudolph?! This recipe details how to make this delicious orange hot chocolate on a stove top, but it would work equally well in a slow cooker, which is why I've included it - and also because I'm obsessed with Terry's chocolate oranges.
This divine recipe is for a truly decadent hot chocolate with a hint of vanilla.
NOT YET GOT A SLOW COOKER?
I had no idea just how much buying a slow cooker would revolutionise my life. Everyone family should have one.
I started out with a Crockpot slow cooker, but I’ve since upgraded to an Instant Pot, which is a multifunctional cooker that has a slow cooker function.
Slow cookers are one of the absolute essentials to have in your family kitchen. Seriously, how mind-blowingly brilliant is it to be able to chuck a bunch of stuff (sometimes I even use a recipe) into the pot, switch it on, then return to it hours later to find it has magically produced dinner?!
Hello, I’m Luci, founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, I have combined my experience as a mum, journalist and shopping editor to create useful guides and lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Plus I create beautiful party printables, from invites to party games. Read more.