Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

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Holiday 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!

The perfect fall party drink, a steaming glass of spiced wine

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 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

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 European recipes call for raisins, so it wouldn’t be out of place to use dried cranberries, too.

A steaming cup of spiced mulled wine

You can serve the wine in paper cups, mugs, or glasses, but because the wine is hot, I like to fit the glasses 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.

Make your own mulled wine cozy out of old socks!

The crock pot method is perfect for making mulled wine because the low even temperature will insure that the wine doesn’t boil, and you can make it and forget it just before your guests arrive.

Holiday Mulled Wine

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.  You can use honey in place of sugar.  Play with it, taste as you go, and make it your own.

Your house will smell divine while this mulled wine simmers in your slow cooker!

Reader Rave ~

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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Yield: serves 8

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine


    Harvest Mulled Wine
  • 1 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. You can strain the wine before serving, or not.
  4. For the Holiday version, the process is the same, omit the clementines and use cranberries and rosemary.


You can double the recipe, but the actual whole spices don't have to be doubled.



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    December 14, 2018 at 11:16 am

    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!!

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      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!

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    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!

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    November 17, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Absolutely delicious! I made a couple edits/additions. 1/4 C blackberry Brandy instead of regular brandy, 1 full orange peeled and sliced + about 1/4 tsp of the zest instead of the clementines. Seeds from 1/2 a pomegranate and the 1/2c cranberries to the regular full recipe. Thank you, this will be PERFECT for our holiday party. Oh, and I couldn’t find the cardamom pods so I used approx 60 seeds.

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      November 18, 2018 at 4:27 am

      I’m going to make mu first batch of the season this week, can’t wait. Love your alterations :)

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    November 15, 2018 at 1:46 am

    Could you use bourbon or whiskey in place of the Brandy?

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      November 15, 2018 at 4:53 am

      Sure, if you like the flavor you can use anything you like.

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