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If you are still planning your holiday dinner and drinks, we have the perfect large, easy cocktail to add to the menu!
This recipe for slow cooker mulled wine cider from American pecans not only provides enough for a quantity, but it is easy to toss together and stays warm in a slow cooker. It has almost all the flavors of the season, combining apple cider with star anise, ginger and cranberries – and then adding a dessert-y twist by adding caramel and pecans to the edge of each glass.
The drink would be great served for a party as it can first be made without alcohol, then guests can add (holiday) spirits to their individual glasses if they wish. American pecans suggest bourbon, dark rum, white wine or caramel flavor or plain vodka. Just make sure to prepare the edge of the glass in advance and you have an easy, do-it-yourself winter cocktail.
Here is the full recipe.
Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with Pecanrand
For the mulled wine cider:
1 1/2 liters of fresh apple cider
4 star anise
1 orange in thin slices, divided (half of the slices used on serving glasses and half for the cider)
1/2 lime, cut into thin slices
1 inch knot ginger, the skin removed
1 cup fresh cranberries
For the pecan caramel edge:
1 cup raw pecan pieces, finely chopped or ground
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
Pinch sea salt
Optional alcohol additives:
Bourbon, 2 ounces per glass
Dark room, 2 ounces per glass
White wine to taste
Caramel vodka or plain vodka, 2 ounces per. glass
- Put all the ingredients for mulled wine cider in a slow cooker. Heat on low heat for four hours.
- While the cider is boiling, make a batch of caramel. Put coconut milk, vanilla, butter and sea salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer, whisking regularly, for about 30 minutes, or until thick enough to cover the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in the refrigerator until the cider is ready.
- When the cider is done, pour the caramel on a small, low plate. Place crushed pecans on a separate low plate. Dip your optional glass into the caramel until the entire edge is well covered, then dip the caramel rim into the pecan mixture.
- Pour mulled wine cider into glass and add your drink with the desired alcohol, if you use, stir and let the evening be cheerful and bright!
Other holiday cocktails
Mulled wine cider is not your idea for a tasty holiday cocktail? We have lots of other festive cocktail recipes that you might want to check out instead.
There’s Snowflake Martini, which is made with vanilla-flavored vodka, peppermint schnapps, white chocolate liqueur and cream, while Sugar Cookie Martini also requires vanilla vodka, plus amaretto and sugar-flavored or vanilla coffee creams.
If you are a margarita fan, there are also a handful of Mistletoe Margarita recipes that can turn what is traditionally a summer drink into a winter treat. Just combine tequila with seasonal flavors like cranberry or pomegranate juice and top them with sugary cranberries and a sprig of rosemary or mint.
What is your favorite holiday drink?