How to Make Cocktails in Your Crockpot

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Are you finding yourself seriously regretting sending out that invite to 100 of your closest friends? Well, have no fear, because crocktails are here. Yep, crocktails — warm cocktails you can make in a crock-pot with about three minutes of prep.

The premise here is very simple: Throw a bunch of stuff in a slow-cooker, turn it on, leave it alone, add booze, and serve. It’s difficult to mess these up; just adjust cooking times based on your party needs, and make sure you have pretty glasses on hand. (For larger parties, disposable champagne coupes and plastic punch mugs are essential.) Each recipe makes 12 cocktails but can easily be halved or doubled if you’ve got boozy friends like us. Happy sipping!

Special thanks to the amazing art team at Refinery 29 who made my recipes come to life: Photography by ; Food Styling by ; Prop Styling by .

hot julep

Hot Julep
Makes 12 4-ounce cocktails

Why wait until summer to sip this boozy porch tea? The delicious combination of fresh mint and brandy swims in a fragrant, sweet bath of Earl Grey.

Ingredients
4 Earl Grey tea bags
4½ cups / 36 oz. water
1 cup white sugar
1 large bunch of fresh mint
1½ cups / 12 oz. brandy or calvados (a Spanish Brandy de Jerez is best)

Instructions
1. Add the tea bags, water, sugar, and a large handful (about 1 cup) of whole mint sprigs to a crock-pot. Cook on the low setting for 1½ hours or the high setting for 25 minutes.

2. Use a spoon to remove the tea bags and mint. When ready to serve, leave the crock-pot on the low setting, stir in the brandy, and add a few fresh sprigs of mint.

3. Serve in a champagne coupe glass and have mint sprigs on hand to garnish each cocktail.

ginger tincture

Warm Lemon-Ginger Tincture
Makes 12 4-ounce cocktails

This drink is not only delicious, warming, and refreshing; with the combination of lemon, honey, and ginger, it will cure whatever ails you.

Ingredients
1 2-inch nub fresh ginger, thinly sliced
5 lemons (4 to be juiced, 1 sliced for garnish)
4½ cups / 36 oz. water
4 tbsp / 2 oz. honey
1¼ cup / 10 oz. bourbon (Maker’s 46 is best)

Instructions

1. Slice 4 lemons in half and add the juice to a crock-pot along with the ginger slices, water, and honey. Cook on the low setting for 1½ hours or the high setting for 25 minutes.

2. Stir in the bourbon and leave on the low setting while serving.

3. Pour into champagne coupe glasses to serve; garnish with a lemon slice.

ginger tincture

Pumpkin Rum Punch
Makes 12 4-ounce cocktails

Like drinking liquid pumpkin pie. This cocktail will knock your fuzzy socks off.

Ingredients
4½ cups / 36 oz. apple cider
15 whole cloves
3 tbsp unsalted butter
6 tbsp / 3 oz. pumpkin puree
1 tbsp cinnamon
1½ cups / 12 oz. spiced rum (The Kraken is best)

Instructions

1. Add the apple cider, cloves, butter, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon to the crockpot. Cook on the low setting for 1½ hours or the high setting for 25 minutes.

2. Add the rum, stir gently, and leave on the low setting while serving.

3. Pour into petite punch mugs to serve.

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