Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine is a warming winter cocktail that scents the whole house, and, best of all, guests can help themselves! This cozy spiced wine is perfect for tailgating, evenings by the fire, and holiday open houses. Let’s get this party started!

mulled wine in a glass

slow cooker mulled wine is the perfect winter warmer

Steamy hot mulled wine has been warming cold hands and whipping up holiday spirit for centuries. I’ve just been waiting for the temperatures to drop a bit to share this recipe with you — I think you’re going to love this easy, slow cooker method. When our kids were young I always made spiced cider in the slow cooker for holiday parties. Everybody would wander in to the kitchen and fill their mugs. Now that my kids are of legal age, we’re upping the ante, and mulling wine. Some of my favorite alcoholic drinks are served hot, but most of them are after dinner deals. I love this because it starts a party off. In fact it’s the perfect way to start almost any fall or winter gathering. Everybody can fill up their own mug or paper cup and mingle. Ladle it into thermoses for tailgating and other outdoor events.

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

what you’ll need

There are so many variations on this drink, but basically it consists of red wine, sweetened just a little bit, and mulled, or steeped, with spices and fruit. Sometimes it’s ‘enriched’ with a little brandy. All you really have to do is warm it up, let it hang out for a bit, and serve. For harvest celebrations, I’d do the spices along with clementines, but for the winter holidays I like to use fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs. Traditional Swedish recipes call for raisins, so it wouldn’t be out of place to use dried cranberries, too.

  • red wine ~ use what you like to drink, I use a Merlot or Cabernet
  • brandy
  • sugar
  • cinnamon sticks
  • allspice berries
  • anise
  • cloves
  • cardamom pods
  • nutmeg
  • anise
  • vanilla bean
  • clementines or other oranges like blood orange or navels
A steaming cup of spiced mulled wine

how to serve mulled wine

You can serve the wine in paper cups, mugs, or glasses, but because the wine is hot, make sure your glass is heatproof. I like to fit the glasses without handles with knitted cuffs. I make them out of old socks or the sleeves of thrift store sweaters. You can use your cozies for all kinds of hot drinks like coffee, tea, Irish coffee type drinks, and cocoas too. Here’s an easy tutorial on how to make these sock cozies.

Mulled wine is great in a thermos, too, for outdoor events.

mulled wine in glass cups

why mull wine in the crockpot?

The crock pot method is perfect for making mulled wine because the low even temperature will insure that the wine doesn’t boil, which that can make it taste bitter. The best part? You can make it and forget it before your guests arrive. Everyone can ladle their own.

Holiday Mulled Wine

variation suggestions

This is a recipe that you can feel confident in adjusting to your taste. Use whatever red wine you like, leave out spices you don’t like, add more of those you do. Play with it, taste as you go, and make it your own.

  • Omit the sugar, or use honey or maple syrup instead, to taste.
  • Use white wine.
  • Add fruit juice like pomegranate or cranberry.
  • Use a store bought mulling spice mix if you like.
  • Serve it chilled instead of hot.
  • Make mulled wine on the stove top, just be sure not to let it boil, or it can become bitter.
mulled wine in a saucepan

Just want to say I make this every year for the past 3 or 4 years and everyone loves it! I make it early in the day and it lasts for hours and makes the house smell great. Thank you for sharing!!”

Liz

Slow cooker mulled wine.
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Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine ~ this warming winter cocktail scents the whole house, and guests can help themselves! Let's get this party started!
Course beverage
Cuisine European
Yield 8 servings
Calories 186kcal
Author Sue Moran

Equipment

  • slow cooker (optional)

Ingredients

Harvest Mulled Wine

  • 750 ml bottle red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole allspice berries
  • 4 star anise
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 5 whole cardamom pods lightly crushed with the back of a spoon to expose the seeds
  • 1/2 vanilla bean slit down the center (if you save pods this is a good time to reuse one)
  • a good grating of fresh nutmeg about 1/4 tsp
  • 8 clementines cut in half (remove any seeds)
  • garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick and a star anise

Holiday Mulled Wine

  • switch out the clementines for 1/2 cup cranberry juice and 1/2 cup whole fresh cranberries
  • add 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • garnish each glass with a sprig of rosemary and a few cranberries

Instructions

  • Put the water and sugar in the crock pot and turn on high. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Juice 4 of the clementines and add to the pot.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and heat until the wine just gets to a simmer. Then turn the dial to the ‘keep warm’ setting and let it sit for about 30 minutes before serving.
  • You can strain the wine before serving, or not.
  • For the Holiday version, the process is the same, omit the clementines and use cranberries and rosemary.

Cook’s notes

  • You can double the recipe, but the actual whole spices don’t have to be doubled.
  • You can make the mulled wine a day ahead and refrigerate. Then strain and rewarm in the slow cooker. You can add a few fresh orange slices.

Nutrition

Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Rhonda
    December 25, 2021 at 8:17 am

    5 stars
    This is a keeper recipe ?. Everyone loved it and said it was the best mulled wine they had ever tasted..

  • Reply
    Andrea
    December 20, 2021 at 11:01 am

    5 stars
    Love all the spices and fragrant’s in this mulled wine. It is a perfect Holiday drink.

  • Reply
    Emily Flint
    December 20, 2021 at 10:38 am

    5 stars
    Not only was this the hit of my holiday party this year, but my house also smelled amazing too! I can’t wait to make this again.

  • Reply
    Kushigalu
    December 20, 2021 at 10:00 am

    5 stars
    What a pretty drink to try this holiday season.

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    December 20, 2021 at 9:57 am

    5 stars
    Going to the store to get all of the ingredients for this wine this morning! Love this idea and I know everyone else will too. So perfect for the holidays!

  • Reply
    Gina
    December 20, 2021 at 9:26 am

    5 stars
    Such a festive drink and love the smell as it permeates the whole house!

  • Reply
    SharonK
    January 4, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    5 stars
    This has been the perfect drink to sit by the fire with while watching the snow fall!! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 4, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      I can just imagine 🙂

  • Reply
    Liz
    December 14, 2018 at 11:16 am

    5 stars
    Just want to say I make this every year for the past 3 or 4 years and everyone loves it! I make it early in the day and it lasts for hours and makes the house smell great. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 14, 2018 at 11:56 am

      Oh thanks so much for letting me know Liz, I’m gearing up to make it here this coming week!

  • Reply
    Gene
    December 11, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Thank you for this recipe! I’m anxious to try it!
    I’m curious if this will turn bitter after some time in the slow cooker. Do you have an idea how long it will stay tasting good in the slow cooker?
    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      December 20, 2021 at 8:10 am

      As long as the drink doesn’t get to a simmer or a boil, it can sit for hours, Gene. It just gets better!

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