Hot Caramel Apple Cocktail

1 quart + 1 1/2 cups apple cider

1 1/2 cups Apple liqueur

1 cup spiced rum

1/2 cup caramel-flavored syrup

3 apples, chopped

4 cinnamon sticks

Caramel Apple Suckers (optional)

Place everything in the slow cooker (except the suckers). Cook on the low setting for 1-2 hours. Serve warm.


Slow Cooker Gingerbread Mocha

• 2 cups chocolate milk

• 2 cups freshly brewed coffee

• 1/3 cup molasses

• 1 tsp ground ginger

• ½ cup International Delight Gingerbread Latte creamer

1. Combine all ingredients into slow cooker and set on low. Stir occasionally to make sure the molasses and ginger dissolve.

2. Low is the perfect setting for me to get a hot but not too hot mug of this mocha. Use the setting that works for you.

3. Top with whipped cream and a dusting of ginger and cinnamon if desired.


Slow Cooker Egg Nog Lattes

• ½ gallon egg nog

• 4 cups (use a measuring cup) hot brewed coffee

• ½ tsp. vanilla

• ½ tsp ground nutmeg

• 1/8 tsp. cinnamon

• whipped cream for serving (I use Reddi-Whip)

• Nutmeg and Cinnamon Sticks for garnish

1. Place the eggnog, coffee, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon into a 6-quart or larger slow cooker.

2. Cover, and cook on HIGH for 1-1.5 hours until heated.

Serve with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg for garnish.


Slow Cooker Spiced Wine

• 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (choose something fruity but not too sweet. Merlot, Zinfandel, or Cabernet Sauvignon all work well)

• 1/4 cup honey

• 1 orange, zested and juiced

• 2 cups apple cider

• 5 whole cloves

• 4 green cardamom pods

• 2 cinnamon sticks

• 1 whole star anise

• 1/4 cup brandy

• Orange slices, for garnish

• Cinnamon sticks, for garnish

1. Add wine, cider, honey, orange zest, and orange juice to a 3-quart or larger slow cooker. Stir to combine. Add the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and anise. Cook on low until warm, 30 minutes to one hour, depending on your slow cooker. Stir in the brandy.

2. Ladle into mugs and serve with an orange slice and cinnamon sticks. To keep the wine warm, leave the slow cooker on the “keep warm” setting. If your slow cooker does not have a warm setting, alternate between “low” and off.


Creamy White Christmas Punch

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1/4 cup hot water

• 3 oz evaporated milk (6 Tbsp)

• 1/2- 1 tsp almond extract (I used a teaspoon)

• 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

• 1 2-liter bottle of 7UP®

• Whipped cream and sprinkles (optional)

1. Combine sugar and water in a small glass bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds or till sugar is dissolved. Cool and stir in evaporated milk and almond extract. Pour into a large punch bowl and add vanilla ice cream. Use a potato masher to break ice cream into small chunks. Slowly stir in the 7UP®.

2. Spoon into serving glasses. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles if desired. Serve immediately.


Christmas Sangria

• 6 ounces cranberries, rinsed

• 1 orange, sliced

• 1 apple, cored and cut into thin wedges

• 1 pear, cored and cut into thin wedges

• 2 bottles wine (recommend Tempranillo)

• 1 liter club soda or tonic water, chilled

1. Muddle the cranberries in a large pitcher. Use the back of a spoon to crush and smash them against the sides of the pitcher.

2. Add the orange, apple and pear slices and muddle.

3. Pour in the wine and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

4. Before serving, stir in tonic water or club soda. Serve cold.