Slow Cooker Boston Tea (book club) Punch Recipe

My friend Barbara wrote right away after I posted that I was interested in starting a book club. She told me that I must make her "famous" Boston Tea that she always serves to her book club.

Now this is a hot drink, which sounds weird in the middle of July, but I found it quite refreshing to sip on out in the yard after dinner.

Be careful.

this is um, powerful stuff.

The Ingredients.
serves 4

2 cups water
2 black tea bags
1/2 cup rum
2 ounces Triple Sec
2 tablespoons sugar
8 lemon slices (about 2 lemons)

The Directions.

Use a 2 quart slow cooker. Put water into your slow cooker, and add the tea bags. Pour in the rum and triple sec. Stir in the sugar. Wash lemons well, slice, and float the slices on top. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, or on high for about 2 hours. When thoroughly hot, remove tea bags (you can squeeze them just a bit to get out more tea flavor, if you'd like) and discard. Ladle into pretty mugs and serve.

The Verdict.

Barbara, thank you for sharing your book club tea punch! I'm thinking that the book clubs I've attended in the past have been kind of boring, but maybe the problem was that we never had anything like this to sip on!

My friends loved this. Maybe even a bit too much.

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at July 14, 2010

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  1. This sounds awesome! I can see where this packs a punch! I so want to serve this at a party or something. You come up with the coolest ideas for the slow cooker! Thanks!

  2. Anonymous7/15/2010

    I usually get ideas for recipes from books, so if you're doing a book club, you can usually adapt something from the book to a "book-fitted" recipe. Great site, love it!

  3. I never thought about making drinks in a slowcooker. Sounds great!

  4. Well, THANK-YOU!!!! I have just found the perfect recipe to iniciate my new 2 qt slow cooker with!!! Uh, is it okay if I don't share???? ;-)

  5. That sounds very interesting. Will have to give it a try as I love sweet iced tea.

  6. If I was to double the recipe and use a 4 qt cooker, should I increase the cooking time?

  7. I so agree! I've been to a few and believe me a little sip of this would very much be able to make the night bearable ... lol

  8. Wow this sounds great.

    I have to say that I love your blog. I have been so inspired to use my crockpot more and more. I am going camping in a couple weeks and am going to bring two crockpots with me. So much easier than watching the little cookstove!

    I have started a brand new blog myself and have linked with yours and put an ad for your book (which I have bought two of, one for me and one as a gift - and I love it!).

    I have a new recipe that I came up with for Boston Brown Bread that I made in the crockpot. I looked at some of your recipes to figure out cooking time and it came out really excellent.

  9. Where do you find Baker's Sugar by the way? I have looked but my grocery store does not have it? It is similar to Superfine Sugar?

  10. Lorraine, yes! It's exactly the same thing----no idea why it's called different things in different areas.


  11. Vanessa5/30/2012

    I have a larger crock pot (7qts I believe) do you think I could double the recipe and it'd be just as good?