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6 Ways to Hack Your Slow Cooker to Make Killer Cocktails: Mulled Wine to Eggnog and Even Sangria

That trusty machine is good for much more than just soups and stews.

Slow cookers are ideal for churning out a low-maintenance hot meal on a freezing day, but food isn’t the only form of sustenance these machines can provide. You can also can use the same low and slow cooking settings to make some awesome cold-weather cocktails.

1. Spiced wine

Mulled wine is a holiday classic, and Well Plated shows how making it is as simple as adding wine, cider, honey, orange zest and orange juice to a slow cooker. This spiced wine is perfect for a party because it’ll keep warm for refills, while also keeping the stove free.

2. Hot Buttered Rum

What's not to love about hot buttered rum? CD Kitchen reveals how you can made the cold-weather classic without a stove, by simply adding rum, brown sugar, butter, and the classic warming spices to a slow cooker and cooking on low for 5 hours.

3. Spiked Hot Cocoa

Making hot cocoa in the slow cooker is pretty similar to that of your stovetop, just throw in milk and cocoa powder and set your slow cooker to low. This recipe from Sassy Slow Cooker suggests though making things more fun by adding some Southern Comfort (but go with whatever your favorite booze is!).

4. Hot Toddy

Whether you have a tickle in your throat or just want a warm and boozy nightcap, a hot toddy is just the thing. This recipe by Cooking Light calls for lemon, ginger, honey, rum and brandy mixed with a few classic warming spices in your slow cooker, and set on high for four hours.

5. Sangria

Sangria is usually a summer cocktail, but you can make a boozy warm version in your slow cooker using wine (this recipe by Hungry Girl Porvida recommends rose), bourbon, and warming spices. Drink enough and you won't even feel that nip in the air.

6. Egg Nog Lattes

Eggnog is the quintessential holiday drink, and yes, you can make it in a slow cooker, says Kitchen Treaty. You’ll cook it on low for two hours, and then just keep it warm for guests all night long.

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