For easy cocktails, pull out your slow-cooker and warm up this fall with a nice apple cider.
When temperatures start to fall, a warm drink starts to sound mighty fine. We know that slow-cookers are in heavy rotation this time of year, but try taking it for a spin with hot drinks. Easy, big batch cocktails are a boon to any host or hostess, but be the host with the most when you offer a hot beverage to guests. Slow cooker cocktails are a no-brainer; they stay warm, can be ladled out individually, and nothing is more convivial than a hot cup of cider with friends-unless, of course, it’s spiked cider. We’ve picked some of our favorite cocktails that are normally made on the stove, but can be easily adapted to integrate your slow-cooker. This handy tool is both a vessel for cooking and for keeping the drinks warm; we think that slow-cooker cocktails are our new go-to cold weather party trick. A lot of these easy cocktail recipes aren’t really cocktail recipes, but add a bit of bourbon here, a splash of rum there, and you’re in business. The great thing about easy slow cooker cocktails is that you can make them non-alcoholic and stir booze in when desired—meaning little hands can have something warm to sip on, too.
Recipe: Heartwarming Cider
Assemble this cider in your slow-cooker and enjoy the spicy smells as the cider heats. Add rum to make it a cocktail.
Recipe: Honey-Ginger Tea
This recipe is easy to scale up to a big batch. We like the sweetness of the honey against the bite of fresh ginger. A finger or two of bourbon or rye takes this restorative tea to the next level.
Recipe: Cinnamon-Orange Coffee
For an after-dinner drink that packs a punch, brew up a pot of cinnamon-orange coffee. Combine with coffee liqueur in your slow cooker. Accept praise for your cocktail prowess.
Rich ‘n’ Thick Hot Chocolate
Recipe: Rich ‘n’ Thick Hot Chocolate
Mix up a big batch of this in your slow-cooker. While we do say that the marshmallow whipped cream is optional, trust us: you want it. Upgrade to a boozy hot chocolate by stirring in some Southern Comfort.
Recipe: Apple-Ale Wassail
This twist on the English classic is practically made for the slow-cooker, as it needs a good three hours for the spices, cider, and ale flavors to marry. Ladle it out freely.
Spiced After-Dinner Coffee
Recipe: Spiced After-Dinner Coffee
Amaretto and whipped cream take this coffee confection to swoon-worthy heights. Garnish with orange rind and a sprinkle of cinnamon for an elegant finish.
Orange Spiced Cider
Recipe: Orange Spiced Cider
Citrus and dark rum make this cider a heady brew for a chilly night. Leave out the rum if you’ve got little ones, and simply swirl it in as you ladle out the cider for the grown-ups.