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  • 1 64-ounce bottle cranberry-apple juice
  • 2 Cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 Cup pomegranate juice
  • 2/3 Cups honey
  • 1/2 Cup orange juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons grated orange peel


In a 5-quart slow cooker, combine the first five ingredients.

Place cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peel on a double thickness of cheesecloth.

Gather up corners of cloth to enclose seasonings; tie securely with string. Add to slow cooker.

Cover, covered, on low 1-2 hours or until heated through.

Discard spice bag.

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving123

Folate equivalent (total)8µg2%

Christmas Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Drinks

I had no idea just how much buying a Crock-Pot would revolutionise my life. Every busy mother should have one.

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?!

So the prospect of being able to create Christmassy drinks using my precious slow cooker is almost overwhelming.

But it turns out, it’s a thing.

You know, the thing where you’ve got a 101 chores to do in the run up to having guests around over the holiday period?

You want to wow them with a delicious Christmas drink other than just serving up the usual wine / Bailey’s / coffee / juice / whatever options.

But you don’t have the headspace, let alone the time

Enter the Crock-Pot and its magical drink making powers.

Crock-Pot Mulled Apple Cider

This recipe for mulled apple cider made in the slow-cooker is one of my husband’s favorites and he asks me to make it all the time when the weather is cold because it makes the house smell delicious and just hits the spot and warms you up from the inside out.

The ingredients are simple, apple cider (we like to use fresh pressed cider whenever we can get it) and then you spice it up with some orange zest, cinnamon, whole cloves, and fresh ginger.

You just let that simmer away for a couple hours until it is nice and hot and the spices have flavored the cider. Then ladle it into mugs and drink.

If you want to get adventurous…add some store bought caramel sauce and top with whipped cream for a Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider knock-off.

This recipe is also a great hot beverage to take to a party or holiday (think Christmas and Thanksgiving) get-together. Just set out cups and a ladle and let your guests serve themselves straight from the slow cooker!

Pomegranate Mulled Wine

Sweet, fruity wine mulled with warm spices, citrus, and pomegranate.

Yield: 6 cups

Total Time: 20 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


1 (750ml) bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon

1 cup (8-ounces) pomegranate juice

zest and juice of 1 orange


Combine everything in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 12 minutes.

Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve. Keep the wine warm in the slow cooker set to warm.

Alternatively, you can make this recipe in the slow cooker. Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of your slow cooker. Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Strain through a mesh sieve. Keep warm in the slow cooker until you’re ready to serve.

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This simple cocktail makes entertaining effortless!

The best part about this slow cooker sangria is that it takes two simple steps to make, and it can be made in advance! All you need to do is pour all the ingredients in the crockpot, and then turn the slow cooker on low heat! In just a couple of hours you’ll have a fruity mulled wine!

Put cups near the crockpot and encourage your guests to help themselves! Setting up a simple beverage station takes the worry out of mixing drinks during the festivities, and frees up your time to mingle with your guests!

Pro Tips

Use only the lowest heat setting so nothing scorches or boils, and know that while cooking dinner in your Crock-Pot will take several hours, the longer you leave your drinks warming up, the more liquid will evaporate. That said, as long you don’t start the slow cooker more than an hour or so ahead of time, you’ll be fine. Keeping the lid on helps too.

If you’re making a boozy brew and worried too much alcohol will cook off, it won’t—but you can always doctor individual glasses just to be sure they’re appropriately merry and bright.

In fact, offering optional liqueurs and liquor while making the slow cooker contents nonalcoholic is a good strategy for ensuring everyone gets to have a taste, and can adjust their drink to suit their personal level of holiday cheer.

Terra Cotta Snowflake Coasters, 4 for $9.99 at Target

These snowflake coasters are perfect for protecting your table from all your warm winter drinks.

Set up a self-serve station by your slow cooker with glasses or cups, cocktail napkins, a serving spoon or ladle (and a spoon rest so no one wonders where to put the dripping utensil), and any accompaniments, like cocktail garnishes or hot chocolate add-ins, arranged alongside.

If there are a lot of optional ingredients—for instance, if you’re setting up a full hot cocoa bar—it can also be nice to make labels for the various items, and even provide helpful hints in the form of pairing suggestions, whether you write them out on a chalkboard or use index cards.

Spiced Pomegranate Mulled Wine

After a long day I walked through my front door yesterday evening to a welcoming and seasonal smell: the mulling of wine. We’re branching out. The new recipe made it’s intoxicating debut in our new little red 2 quart Crock Pot, rather than the 6 quart we’re so familiar with.

Keen to remain faithful to sourcing ingredients seasonally whenever possible, we chose Pomegranate to add a fruitiness. Pomegranates are a good choice because they thrive in drier climates and are ripe for harvesting from September onwards in the San Joaquin Valley in California. These Wonderful and Angel Red varieties are slightly more local than the ones historically imported from overseas.

Fruits with a history, Pomegranates pepper a variety of religions with sacred meaning. They are thought to be the original forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, and in Buddhism appear as one of the 3 blessed fruits.

We chose Pomegranate Juice from the same region as the whole fruit. The recipe for our Spiced Pomegranate Mulled Wine is below. Should you find yourself wondering what to do with a whole one, here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Deseed (or you can find seeds ready-to-go in grocery stores) and sprinkle the scarlet gems over green salads with toasted hazelnuts and crumbled blue cheese
  • If you have leftover roast turkey or chicken from the Holidays make a pilaf and scatter the pomegranate seeds over the finished dish with chopped parsley.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cooking Time 5 hrs or more on low
Servings 4 (for a 2 qt slow cooker, also fine in 3-6 qt models. For more servings multiply quantities accordingly)


1 orange
8 cloves
1 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks approx 3” in length
1 bottle red wine
1 bottle Pom Wonderful (240ml) or Pomegranate Juice equivalent
⅓ cup honey (or sugar)
1 tsp ground allspice

Cut the orange in half. Slice one of the halves into half moons. Stud the remaining half with the cloves, star anise and cinnamon before placing in your slow cooker insert.

Carefully pour the red wine, pomegranate juice and honey over the orange in your slow cooker ensuring that the spices are immersed in the liquid. Stir in the allspice.

Cook on low for 5 hours or more. Serve in warmed glassed or mugs

Looking Ahead

We’re adding to our classic recipes with a Beef Stroganoff, for one of those “other meals” that happen at this time of year: dinner with friends or a Sunday lunch with family, before we head our separate ways for the New Year.

Zen Toolkit

Whichever Holiday you may be celebrating, enjoying a glass of mulled wine by candelight is a simple way to find some peace.

Line up your spice jars and set out dry ingredients the night before or skip this step and purchase our Mulling Spices “Zen Blend” filled with organic herbs and spices – everything you need to simplify your slow cooking experience.

Mulling Spices – Zen Blend to purchase online

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
– Buddha

If you would prefer to have shredded chicken meat instead of chunks go ahead and skip the step that calls for cutting the chicken into bite-sized pieces and instead add the chicken whole to the slow cooker. Then, right before serving it, grab the cooked chicken out of the slow cooker, shred the meat with two forks and add it back into your slow cooker to serve with the dressing.

If you are serving a larger family or a crowd you can easily double this recipe. Simply double the ingredients and cook for an extra hour or two or until the chicken is fully cooked. Because the chicken is cut into chunks they cook rather quickly.

Mulled wine is meant for strolling the neighborhood and admiring the holiday lights. (You've got to stay warm somehow, and coffee ain't cutting it.) Ina Garten (the queen) uses red wine, apple cider, honey, cinnamon sticks, oranges, cloves, and star anise to make a mean mug of magic that'll keep you jolly during your holiday tours.

Crockpot Cocktail: Cranberry Pomegranate Mulled Wine

Thanksgiving is around the corner and I have yet to put up a fall cocktail for one of my favorite holidays, I know, shame! I have been entirely too busy working on client projects, going to events, doctors appointments, and working on up coming events, the site has been a little silent. Many apologies. I am about to make it up to you, I swear! Today I have a delicious and easy punch for serving during the holidays: a Cranberry Pomegranate Mulled Wine. I love warm cocktails, but they can be cumbersome while entertaining a lot of people. The stove is usually occupied while cooking or keeping things warm for second helpings (guilty!) and you can microwave only so much at a time. Enter the crockpot! And I think I found the best crockpot! Just how darling is this chalkboard crock pot? It’s great to write on the pot for guests to tell whats inside before they open the lid. In this case, boozy mouthwatering apple brandy infused Cranberry Pomegranate Mulled Wine! I also get to bust out my semi-decent calligraphy skills.

Seriously in love with this crockpot. I plan to be making a ton of crockpot cocktails over the next month. They are a “set it and forget it” kind of drink (remember that weird infomercial from the 90’s?!) Set out some punch glasses and a ladle next to the crockpot and let guests serve themselves. It leaves you hands free to deal with bickering family members or a cat in the tree. Talking from experience here, people!

As for the wine for the drink, you’ll want to choose a cheaper but not CHEAP wine if you know what I mean. This might be a surprise, but cheap shitty wine will still taste shitty wine even in a warm punch. You don’t want to choose a top shelf wine or any over $30 really either, the texture and defining flavors will be lost in the warm punch. The pomegranate and cranberry add some lovely tart flavors while the honey rounds it out with an floral, earthy sweetness. And as for the apple brandy? It’s a great addition along side red fruit. It also lends some apple flavor with out adding apple juice that would thin out the mulled wine.

Juicing pomegranates are difficult, but are so worth it for the flavor (I have the details on the easiest way to juice them here). If you are able, juice them and strain into the punch. If not, 100% organic pomegranate juice will do nicely as well.

Cranberry Pomegranate Mulled Wine

tools: crockpot, knife, measuring cups

  • 1 bottle fruit forward red wine, I used a California pinot noir called Love Noir
  • 16 oz pomegranate juice (fresh squeezed if possible)
  • 8 oz cranberry juice
  • 4 oz apple brandy
  • 4 oz orange juice
  • 4 oz – 6 oz honey
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 6 star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves about 12

Slice oranges thickly. Add cloves into the skin of the oranges. Slice apples. Add all liquid ingredients into the crock pot. Stir well. Add the clove studded orange slices, apples, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Turn the crockpot to warm. Let heat 1/2 hour- 1 hour before serving. If there are leftovers, add them to a sealed bottle or container and store in the fridge. You don’t want to continue heating it for more then a few hours.

*If you are looking to serve more than 8, take this recipe and times it by as many people you intend to serve: 3 oz red wine, 2 oz pomegranate juice, 2 oz cranberry juice, 1/2 oz apple brandy, 1/2 oz orange juice, 1/2 oz honey. If it’s doubled, don’t forget to double the mulling spices and fruit.

Watch the video: How to Make Delicious Mulled Wine for Christmas. You Can Cook That. (February 2023).