Boozy Fruity Mulled Cider

I've wanted a Crock Pot for a looooooooong time. Most of the magazines I subscribe to include slow cooker recipes and I always felt slighted because I never had one. In the back of my head I kept thinking about the space a Crock Pot takes up and how often I'd use it and I could never fully make the plunge to purchase one.  Would I only be able to braise meat in it? Would it be a dust collector in my garage? Hmmm.

But then I started entertaining and I realized that maybe I do need one.  Everyone who has one says they love theirs and use it often and apparently it helps you save a lot of time while entertaining. So yeah! Sign me up.

The kind people of Crock Pot offered me one of my very own and of course I said yes. They launched a new brand of customizable Crock-Pots and I jumped right on their super classy black Damask design. They have a cool feature where you can add some of your own photos to the design and while I wanted to fully customize mine...the pictures I'd put on my Crock-Pot probably would be filled with inside jokes that I couldn't fully explain to the internet.  Catch my drift?

I came up with this Boozy Fruity Mulled Cider as something to offer my guests this Christmas. It's kind of like a mix between spicy mulled cider, sangria and a bourbon punch. It's sweet and tangy and tastes like Christmas time. It's guaranteed to warm you up on a cold winter day.  What I like about this drink  is that I can plug it in, set it on a table and direct people to another place other than my kitchen. You know how everyone loves to hang out in the kitchen....while we're all trying to work!

And we're off!

Gather your ingredients together. It's super simple! We're building a fantastic flavor profile.

Get our your Crock Pot! Here's mine!

Put the orange, lemon, cinnamon, & vanilla at the bottom of the pot. Pour in your apple juice.

In goes the pomegranate juice.

Top with water.

Stir in brown sugar.

Now turn the Crock Pot onto High for 3 hours. Cover with the lid.

After 3 hours, take out the fruit. Chop up the apples and discard the oranges.  Return apples to Crock Pot.

Cut a few new  slices of fresh orange for garnish.

And now the fun begins....

Pour the Bourbon & Cointreau into the mulled cider mixture.

Now you're ready to fill up your glasses!

For garnish, place a few apple slices at the bottom, tuck a few orange slices in there as well as a cinnamon stick.

Now you're ready to party!

And the best part is that you can set it off to the side of the party, so you can continue working in the kitchen....IN PEACE!!

Do you have any good Crock-Pot recipes? Help this newbie!!!

Boozy Fruity Mulled Cider

makes 12 servings

  • 1 apple, cored & thinly  sliced
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 shot Cointreau
  • extra cinnamon sticks for garnish

Place apple, slices of one orange, lemon, cider, pomegranate juice, water, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla bean in the Crock Pot and heat on High for 3 hours, covered. Remove apple, orange & lemon slices. Chop apple into smaller pieces, discard orange & lemon slices and return apples to the mulled cider.

Stir in bourbon and Cointreau and mix well. To serve, place a two fresh orange slices into each mug along with a fresh cinnamon stick.  Ladle hot mulled cider into each cup making sure to include a few apple slices.

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  • December 24, 2012

    For those Non-alcoholic Beverlys just replace the booze with ginger ale for a sparkly punch.

  • December 24, 2012

    I have a jar of pomegranate juice in the fridge waiting to be used up, this sounds like the perfect recipe. If only I had a crockpot!

  • erin
    December 24, 2012

    I have a friend from Puerto Rico who introduced me to this delicious recipe! 1 pound of beef tips, 2 yams, 2 small cans of tomato paste, cilantro, sofrito, spanish olives with pimento, and cabernet sauvignon. There are no real measurements since it's his moms recipe. Cook in the crock pot all day and serve over white rice. Absolutely amazing!

  • Beth
    December 24, 2012

    I was just looking up mulled cider recipes for my family's Christmas Eve party , talk about perfect timing with this post! Can't wait to drink this up tonight! Merry Christmas to me!

  • January
    December 24, 2012

    Thanks so much - this is going to be delicious!!

  • Jill
    December 25, 2012

    My husband makes pork chops with sauerkraut in the crockpot. Some people add brown sugar and/or potatoes and/or apples. Always be sure to spray the insert with cooking spray before adding ingredients that can get browned. I've also made the best caramelized onions in the crockpot. I just put a little beef broth in with them, but some people use oil and/or brown sugar. You do have to stir them every so often, so it's not one that you can make while you're at work.

  • December 25, 2012

    This looks fabulous! Merry Christmas!

  • Jenny
    December 26, 2012

    I love my slow cooker! They are so useful. I never thought of making a drink in one though. Great idea~

  • December 26, 2012

    Crockpots are a mother's best friend. :) I love being able to throw dinner together in the late morning while my baby naps and have it ready to eat when my husband walks in the door. Lifesaver, I tell you!

  • December 26, 2012

    I make lasagna in my crock pot. Yep, lasagna! So quick and easy.

  • December 26, 2012

    I have this crockpot and I LOVE it! I work all day so its great to slow cook dinner and have something delicious waiting at home after a long day. I have cooked many a brisket and recently a lamb roast in there. For Christmas brunch this year we also tried an egg casserole in the crockpot for the first time. It turned out great! My mother-in-law made a very similar cider to yours in hers. The possibilities are endless! ;-)

  • December 27, 2012

    I have been stealing my boyfriend's Crockpot to use since he got one last Christmas, so he gave my family the hint to buy me one this year so I'd give his back :-P Now that it's winter time, it's perfect for making soups and stews!

    UMM and this drink. I love me some mulled wine, and anything with bourbon...sounds like a perfect holiday party drink to test out in my own new Crockpot!

  • Suzanne
    December 27, 2012

    You had me at bourbon. Now I just need an excuse to make a vat of this stuff.


  • Suzanne
    December 27, 2012

    Umm... the website ate my comment. So, hope you can fix it, cause I gave you ideas! LOL but my #1 idea I mentioned was "cholent". Google it. :)

  • December 28, 2012

    Sounds like a perfect drink for a cold winter day. Definitely gonna try this some time :)

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