Use Your Slow Cooker to Create These 3 Delicious Warm Drinks

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hot cocoaWhen the weather in Chicago gets frightful, then it's time to drink something warm and delightful. That's why we wanted to offer you these three drink recipes that are perfect to serve at a gathering on a cold night or after a chilly outing. They are easy to make and can be kept warm in a slow cooker. 

Apple Cider Toddy


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 English breakfast tea bags
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 1 star anise 
  • 3 lemon slices, studded with cloves
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 slices fresh peeled ginger, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 7 ounces bourbon


  1. Add the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the tea bags and steep for approximately five minutes.
  3. In a slow cooker, add the rest of the ingredients. Turn the slow cooker on high. 
  4. When mixture is hot, turn down setting to warm.
  5. Mix in the tea. 

Mulled Wine


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) fruity red wine
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/4 cup brandy 


  1. Add the wine, cider, honey, orange zest and orange juice to a slow cooker (3 quarts or larger). Stir. 
  2. Add the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and star anise.
  3. Set slow cooker on low and allow to cook for approximately 30 minutes to an hour before serving. 
  4. Stir in the brandy. 

Hot Chocolate


  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 cups milk
  • Mini marshmallows


  1. Add all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir together.
  2. Cook on low for approximately two hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add marshmallows approximately five minutes before serving.

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