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Slow Cooker Hot Holiday Punch

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This Slow Cooker (Instant Pot) Hot Christmas Punch Recipe is the perfect drink to keep you warm over the Holidays. Made with cinnamon flavored candy and juice to give it the perfect sweetness and spice.

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Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a summer girl and warm weather is my thing. But I’ll have to deal with the cold weather North Carolina brings and prepare to the best of my ability. That’s where this delicious Hot Holiday Punch comes to the rescue.

It’s a nice refreshing break from the usual winter drinks of hot chocolate and hot tea. It reminds me of  a warm version of my Jamaican Rum Punch recipe, only with a nice cinnamon kick.

Oh, and this recipe is non-alcoholic although a nice white rum can be added if you like (we love it and add it quite often).

This recipe is perfect for a party or anytime the family wants a nice hot mug of holiday punch.

hot holiday punch in ladle over instant pot

How do you make Hot Holiday Punch?

I like to cook my Hot Holiday Punch nice and slow over a period of two hours. I use my Instant Pot on the Slow Cooker mode to make this Holiday Punch, but any slow cooker would do.

Add equal parts cranberry juice and unsweetened pineapple juice to the cooker. I use 4 cups of each in this recipe. Then add ½ cup of cinnamon flavored candy (I use Red Hots). and 3 cinnamon sticks. Stir and cover.

If using an Instant Pot, you will need a glass cover to use the slow cook function. Also, you will need to set the 2 hour function on the “More” setting to get it heated though after 2 hours.

For a traditional slow cooker, you’ll need to use the low setting for 2 hours.

Can I pressure cook this Hot Holiday Punch?

You can but for best results, go on and just put it on slow cook. I tried myself to speed up the magic of this punch by pressure cooking first but the flavors just didn’t pop as much as they did when it was cooked low and slow.

Can I make this punch ahead of time?

Yes. I put any leftovers in a mason jar and reheat when I need a midweek drink. 

I hope you like this Holiday Punch Recipe as much as we do. Until next time. 

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Slow Cooker (Instant Pot) Hot Holiday Punch

Perfect Punch with a nice touch of spice for the Holidays. 
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword hot holiday punch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 163kcal
Author Tanya


  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 cups unsweetned pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon flavored candy (Red Hots)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • white rum optional


  • Add cranberry juice, pineapple juice, Red Hots, and cinnamon sticks to Slow Cooker or Instant Pot. Stir. Cover and cook on low for 2-4 hours until punch is heated through and Red Hots have melted.
  • Remove cinnamon sticks and serve. May add orange slices or sugared cranberries as a garnish. 
    You may also add a bit of white rum to the mixture for a grown up version. 



Notes for Slow Cooker (Instant Pot) Hot Holiday Punch

  • Cook on the high setting if using an Instant Pot. For all other slow cookers, use the low setting.
  • If adding rum to the entire recipe, add about 1/4 cup. If using run in individual mugs, about 1 shot of rum should do.

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Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 23.6mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Recipe Adapted from Taste of Home.

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Caitlyn Erhardt

Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Great holiday drink recipe! Love that it is made in the crockpot!


Tuesday 4th of December 2018

I will have to make it. I


Tuesday 4th of December 2018

I've always got cider in the slow cooker around the holidays, but this would be a nice change of pace. I think it would be good with a splash of spiced rum.


Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Now this holiday punch looks so easy to make! I can't wait to give it a try this Christmas!


Tuesday 4th of December 2018

I love this idea for our holiday get togethers!