Cheers: Slow Cooker Drinks

It’s been a long winter filled with polar vortexes & snow days & ice storms & Southerners trapped in cars on the highway. What we all could use are some yummy cold weather beverages that allow for as much sled-riding, snowman-making, & napping in pajamas as possible. What we’ve got here are a couple of crock-pot-beverages that you can make & leave & come back to later!

Bourbon Citrus Sipper (inspired by Better Homes & Gardens)

6 cups apple cider or apple juice

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1/4 cup sugar

9 inches of cinnamon stick

8 whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon anise seeds

1 large naval orange, sliced

1 medium lemon, sliced

1/2 cup bourbon

Place all ingredients (except orange, lemon, bourbon) to crockpot.  Cook at low setting for 4 hours or high setting for 2 hours.  Add orange & lemon slices. Cover & cook another 30 minutes. Remove non-liquid items. Add bourbon. Keep on low to keep warm.

Total approximate cost for host: $19

Crock-Pot Apple Pie Moonshine (inspired by the Crock-Pot Ladies)

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1 gallon apple cider

1 liter Everclear alcohol

3 cinnamon sticks

Place cider & cinnamon stick in crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours. Turn off & bring to room temperature.  Add Everclear. (If your crock-pot is not large enough, do this  in a large pot on stove). Pour into separate jars or bottles & place in a cool, dark place for 30 days.  Can be served warmed up or cold. Note that this is a VERY strong drink – serving size is a shot.

Total approximate cost for host: $10

We think it’s wonderful to prep a meal & leave it in our slow cooker all day, come home from work, & enjoy a home-cooked meal. The same logic applies to rewarding yourself with a yummy boozy beverage. Or make something special to share with friends at a future party!

It’s YOUR party – enjoy it!

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