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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.
The Ultimate Mulled Wine
This mulled wine recipe is the perfect combination of mulled wine spices and perfect for Christmas gatherings.
Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider with Orange
This slow cooker spiced apple cider with orange recipe is guaranteed to have your home infused with the scent of Christmas as it cooks. It's a lovely twist on a more traditional spiced cider.
Apple Cider Bourbon Whiskey Cocktail
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.
Hot Punch: A Mulled Pomegranate Drink
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!!
Quick and easy Crockpot Hot Buttered Rum
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.
Crock Pot Cranberry Cider
Cranberries are So 'Holiday Season'. They are a fruity star of both Thanskgiving and Christmas, as this cider will be when you make it. It's the perfect festive cocktail to make in a slow cooker.
Mulled Red Wine Sangria - Hug in a Mug
This mulled wine sangria is a brilliant twist on a classic summer drink. Just add warmth via slow cooking and warming spices.
Slow Cooker Wassail
Wassail is an ancient name for hot mulled cider or wine, traditionally drunk during Yuletide. This slow cooker wassail recipe is so delicious you will want to drink it all winter long.
Traditional Norwegian Glogg Recipe
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.
Slow Cooker Caramel Spiced Apple Cider
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 Peppermint Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
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.
Slow Cooker Hot Holiday Punch
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.
Christmas Morning Punch
Christmas Morning Punch is wonderful Christmas morning drink. It combines orange juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and ginger ale into a tasty drink to enjoy all morning long.
Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte
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!!
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Not such a fan of gingerbread lattes? Then try this slow cooker recipe for pumpkin spice latte. It combines real pumpkin ingredients to make the perfect autumn, fall and Thanksgiving treat.
Slow Cooker Eggnog Lattes
Christmas and Eggnog go together like, well, Christmas and Eggnog. These eggnog lattes are a lovely alternative to serving hot chocolate style warm drinks at festive gatherings.
Slow Cooker Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
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.
Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
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.
Instant Pot Non-Alcoholic Apple Cider
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.
Bicerin Coffee and Cocoa Beverage (Most Authentic Recipe)
Bicerin is a hot coffee and chocolate drink from Turin. This recipe from Christina is the closest you can get to the real thing without having to go to Turin to try it.
Terry's Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate
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.
Easy Homemade Non-Alcoholic Eggnog Perfect for Kids
This is a very classic eggnog recipe that is perfect for creating a non-alcoholic eggnog that kids will love drinking during the festive holiday season.
This is a super simple recipe that mixes ready made eggnog with coffee and chocolate syrup to create a sumptuous mocha eggnog.
Nutella Hot Coffee
This is a lovely twist on Nutella hot chocolate, it makes it a little more grownup, but just as delicious.
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
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?!
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Luci is the founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, she has used her experience as a mum to create useful guides to organising family life. During that time, she has found the most joy in creating lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Read more.