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Let Your Slow Cooker Do the Work While You Enjoy Your Guests: 25 Hands-Off Recipes

Let Your Slow Cooker Do the Work While You Enjoy Your Guests: 25 Hands-Off Recipes

These slow-cooker recipes will make entertaining a breeze

Make warm and savory party mix in your slow cooker.

Ask any tried and true entertainer what their tips for being the best-ever host are, and they’ll always come back with one thing: Enjoy your party and mingle with your guests. If you, as the host, are relaxing and having fun, the rest of the party is sure to follow suit.

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But that’s oftentimes easier said than done. A million things need to be done during the course of an evening of entertaining, including executing your party menu. It’s hard to visit with your guests when you’re busy getting food on the buffet table! Luckily, there’s the perfect solution to getting hot, fresh food to your guests in the middle of a party: the slow cooker.

Slow cooker recipes are effortless to prepare, and they are great make-ahead dishes perfect for the lazy or busy host. Cooking party staples like dips, appetizers, proteins, and even desserts in your slow cooker frees up your oven for more involved dishes to truly craft the most perfect party menu possible. Plus, the ever-handy slow cooker saves you time to focus on décor, drinks, and you know, actually mingling with your guests.

So, relax and enjoy the party you’re hosting instead of cooking through it with these 25 hands-off slow cooker recipes.


Warm Up With This Slow-Cooker Sangria Recipe

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.

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Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups strong hibiscus tea (brewed from 4 bags)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 each: lime, orange and lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

1: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 4 hibiscus tea bags and remove from heat. Steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags and discard spent bags. Set steeped tea aside.

2: Cut lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and add to slow cooker. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to slow cooker. Pour remaining ingredients into slow cooker (including the tea) and stir until sugar dissolves.

3: Heat on low heat for 1 hour before serving. Note: Reduce heat to warm, if possible, during serving.

4: Before serving, garnish each mug with citrus slices and a cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.


Warm Up With This Slow-Cooker Sangria Recipe

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.

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Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups strong hibiscus tea (brewed from 4 bags)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 each: lime, orange and lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

1: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 4 hibiscus tea bags and remove from heat. Steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags and discard spent bags. Set steeped tea aside.

2: Cut lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and add to slow cooker. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to slow cooker. Pour remaining ingredients into slow cooker (including the tea) and stir until sugar dissolves.

3: Heat on low heat for 1 hour before serving. Note: Reduce heat to warm, if possible, during serving.

4: Before serving, garnish each mug with citrus slices and a cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.


Warm Up With This Slow-Cooker Sangria Recipe

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.

Related To:

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups strong hibiscus tea (brewed from 4 bags)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 each: lime, orange and lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

1: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 4 hibiscus tea bags and remove from heat. Steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags and discard spent bags. Set steeped tea aside.

2: Cut lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and add to slow cooker. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to slow cooker. Pour remaining ingredients into slow cooker (including the tea) and stir until sugar dissolves.

3: Heat on low heat for 1 hour before serving. Note: Reduce heat to warm, if possible, during serving.

4: Before serving, garnish each mug with citrus slices and a cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.


Warm Up With This Slow-Cooker Sangria Recipe

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.

Related To:

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups strong hibiscus tea (brewed from 4 bags)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 each: lime, orange and lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

1: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 4 hibiscus tea bags and remove from heat. Steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags and discard spent bags. Set steeped tea aside.

2: Cut lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and add to slow cooker. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to slow cooker. Pour remaining ingredients into slow cooker (including the tea) and stir until sugar dissolves.

3: Heat on low heat for 1 hour before serving. Note: Reduce heat to warm, if possible, during serving.

4: Before serving, garnish each mug with citrus slices and a cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.


Warm Up With This Slow-Cooker Sangria Recipe

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.

Related To:

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups strong hibiscus tea (brewed from 4 bags)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 each: lime, orange and lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

1: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 4 hibiscus tea bags and remove from heat. Steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags and discard spent bags. Set steeped tea aside.

2: Cut lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and add to slow cooker. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to slow cooker. Pour remaining ingredients into slow cooker (including the tea) and stir until sugar dissolves.

3: Heat on low heat for 1 hour before serving. Note: Reduce heat to warm, if possible, during serving.

4: Before serving, garnish each mug with citrus slices and a cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.


Warm Up With This Slow-Cooker Sangria Recipe

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.

Related To:

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups strong hibiscus tea (brewed from 4 bags)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 each: lime, orange and lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

1: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 4 hibiscus tea bags and remove from heat. Steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags and discard spent bags. Set steeped tea aside.

2: Cut lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and add to slow cooker. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to slow cooker. Pour remaining ingredients into slow cooker (including the tea) and stir until sugar dissolves.

3: Heat on low heat for 1 hour before serving. Note: Reduce heat to warm, if possible, during serving.

4: Before serving, garnish each mug with citrus slices and a cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.


Warm Up With This Slow-Cooker Sangria Recipe

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.

Related To:

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups strong hibiscus tea (brewed from 4 bags)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 each: lime, orange and lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

1: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 4 hibiscus tea bags and remove from heat. Steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags and discard spent bags. Set steeped tea aside.

2: Cut lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and add to slow cooker. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to slow cooker. Pour remaining ingredients into slow cooker (including the tea) and stir until sugar dissolves.

3: Heat on low heat for 1 hour before serving. Note: Reduce heat to warm, if possible, during serving.

4: Before serving, garnish each mug with citrus slices and a cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.


Warm Up With This Slow-Cooker Sangria Recipe

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.

Related To:

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups strong hibiscus tea (brewed from 4 bags)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 each: lime, orange and lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

1: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 4 hibiscus tea bags and remove from heat. Steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags and discard spent bags. Set steeped tea aside.

2: Cut lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and add to slow cooker. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to slow cooker. Pour remaining ingredients into slow cooker (including the tea) and stir until sugar dissolves.

3: Heat on low heat for 1 hour before serving. Note: Reduce heat to warm, if possible, during serving.

4: Before serving, garnish each mug with citrus slices and a cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.


Warm Up With This Slow-Cooker Sangria Recipe

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.

Related To:

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups strong hibiscus tea (brewed from 4 bags)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 each: lime, orange and lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

1: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 4 hibiscus tea bags and remove from heat. Steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags and discard spent bags. Set steeped tea aside.

2: Cut lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and add to slow cooker. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to slow cooker. Pour remaining ingredients into slow cooker (including the tea) and stir until sugar dissolves.

3: Heat on low heat for 1 hour before serving. Note: Reduce heat to warm, if possible, during serving.

4: Before serving, garnish each mug with citrus slices and a cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.


Warm Up With This Slow-Cooker Sangria Recipe

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.

Related To:

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 cups strong hibiscus tea (brewed from 4 bags)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 each: lime, orange and lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

1: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 4 hibiscus tea bags and remove from heat. Steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags and discard spent bags. Set steeped tea aside.

2: Cut lemon, lime and orange into thin slices and add to slow cooker. Break cinnamon sticks in half and add to slow cooker. Pour remaining ingredients into slow cooker (including the tea) and stir until sugar dissolves.

3: Heat on low heat for 1 hour before serving. Note: Reduce heat to warm, if possible, during serving.

4: Before serving, garnish each mug with citrus slices and a cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.