A slow cooker is a game-changing kitchen appliance with the capability to produce an endless spectrum of quality eats and cozy beverages.
Great for winter months, your slow cooker is perfect for batching warm cocktails. The no-fuss options are endless from mulled wine to coffee cocktails; your slow cooker is a set-it-and-forget-it, self-serve, crowd-pleasing gadget.
No matter what you call it, (Crock-Pot, Slow Cooker, Instant Pot) it’s no longer necessary to utilize a teakettle or a pot to heat and mix cocktail ingredients. Your Crock-Pot keeps cocktails warming throughout the entire get-together, creating an aromatic and inviting atmosphere. It’s a heated punchbowl and always impressive at winter gatherings.
Tips For Batching Cocktails in a Crock-Pot
Use The Lowest Heat Setting: Your cocktails do not need to cook; the liquid just needs to be warmed.
Put a Lid On It: Remember the longer your cocktail warms, the more it will evaporate. Mix the ingredients in the cooker and then turn it to the lowest setting, about an hour before the party starts.
Create a Self-Serve Station: If you’d like to ensure that everyone at your party gets a taste, keep the alcohol separated from the liquid in the Crock-Pot. Set up a self-serve station with glasses, cups, napkins, garnishes, etc. and have a variety of spirits that mix well with the Crock-Pot contents.
Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse uses his Pressure 12 in 1 AirFryer to serve winter weather beverages. Here’s a couple of must try recipes.
- 1 ½ oz. vodka
- 8 black tea bags
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
- 3 ½ quarts water
- 15 slices fresh gingerroot (about 3 oz.)
- 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inch)
- 25 whole cloves
- 15 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 3 whole peppercorns
Preparation: Place spices on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose spices; tie securely with string. Place spice bag and water into pot. Cover with glass lid. Press slow cook function. Set to medium cook time (8 hours). Start. Discard spice bag. Add tea bags; steep, covered, 3-5 minutes according to taste. Discard tea bags. Stir in milk and vodka; heat through. Serve warm.
- 8 whole cloves
- 8 cups apple cider or juice
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
Preparation: Place cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with kitchen string to form a bag. Place the remaining ingredients into inner pot; add spice bag. Cover with glass lid. Set to medium cook time (2 hours). Start. Discard spice bag and cinnamon stick before serving. For an adult beverage bar, offer brandy, rum, or spiced rum.