There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
Berry Lemonade Tea
Think of this beverage as a berry-spiked Arnold Palmer: a refreshing blend of the usual tea and lemonade, plus the tang of mixed berries. You may have never thought to steep tea in the slow cooker, but it’s easy and convenient, and the longer, slower process coaxes out deeper flavor from the tea bags. Serve this drink hot or cold, depending on the season. In cooler weather, try tossing in a couple of cinnamon sticks to add a hint of spice to the drink. We call for natural lemonade here because it tends to have a fresher flavor and often less sugar than other styles.