My favorite fall drink made even easier thanks to the slow cooker. Slow Cooker Mulled Wine made with cranberry-pomegrante juice, fresh orange zest and honey. Your house will smell amazing and this perfect-to-serve-a-crowd drink is down right delicious.
This mulled wine should come with a warning sign. Something to the effect of this isn’t punch even though it tastes like it. Or maybe, this will sneak up on you if you’re not careful. Or imbibe carefully or you’ll quickly find yourself tipsy and repeating that completely inappropriate story about your former boss.
No way. That wasn’t me.
This stuff is good. Lethally good. And I’m not kidding when I say that it will sneak up on you if you’re not careful. I’m not a huge drinker and I find it all too easy to knock a few mugs of this back with no effort at all. It’s not too sweet and just sweet enough. It’s warm and cozy with just the right amount of spice. I challenge anyone to say no thank you when offered some. Sweetened with honey and scented with cinnamon, cloves and star anise, this mulled cider is the quintessential fall drink. And so freaking good.
We celebrated my sons 8th birthday last week by renting a hotel room just up the street and gathering a small group of friends and and family to spend an evening swimming, eating, and drinking. It was a busy few days leading up the party and I didn’t have a ton of time to stress over the eats and drinks. I knew it wasn’t going to be a heavy drinking kind of party but I still wanted to serving a little something. I wanted something seasonal and warm that we could sip while the kiddos played in the pool. Side note: kids are crazy tough. It was a pretty chilly night and they swam like little fishies oblivious to the cool air while the mamas shivered on the chairs trying to stay warm. Just another reason why warm wine on a fall night is a good idea.
Have slow cooker, will travel should be the slogan for this mulled cider. I heated the cider up at home before taking it up to the hotel where the slow cooker also doubled as a serving bowl. Being able to plug the slow cooker in anywhere makes it super versatile and a necessary appliance in my kitchen. And as long as I’m singing the slow cookers praise let’s bust out a few more highlights, shall we? Slow cookers can beso much more than just vessels for slow cooking pot roasts and chills. They’re easy clean up and I’m all about the one pot dinner method these days. It’s the truth when I tell you it’s the kitchen top appliance I use most.
So now that I’ve professed my love of the slow cooker with all of you, it’s your turn. I want to know you’re favorite slow cooker recipes. I’d love it if you’d share with me how you like to use the slow cooker and your favorite things to cook. I’m all about breaking out of my slow cooker box and trying some new-to-me recipes. Don’t be shy…..leave a link or recipe below in the comments. Pretty please with a cherry on the top?
And remember, drink with caution. This is how housewives get schnockered.
A mulled cider recipe made in the slow cooker. Perfect for colder weather!
- 750 ml bottle of red wine (I used a cabernet sauvignon)
- 32 oz cranberry-pomegrante juice (or your favorite)
- 1/4 cup local honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- zest of one orange
- 4 cloves
- 1 star anise
- orange slices for serving (optional)
- Put all the ingredients (minus the orange slices) in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours until hot but not boiling. Serve with orange slices as garnish.
Thank you Hamilton Beach for providing me with this Set & Forget 6 Qt. Programable Slow Cooker for review. While I’m an ambassador for Hamilton Beach and love working with them, please know that all thoughts and reviews are my own. This slow cooker comes with a spoon (perfect for dishing up mulled wine!) and is truly a great addition to my kitchen.