Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

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

3.03 from 117 votes

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Author Sue Moran


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


  • 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.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.



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    January 4, 2020 at 1:30 pm

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

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      January 4, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      I can just imagine πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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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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    November 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Do you have to have all the spices whole? I can’t get whole cardomom pods where I live only the ground spice. Same with the nutmeg. Will those already ground still work in the mix?

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      November 15, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      I think that should be fine, but don’t add too much, you don’t want to cloud the wine with ground spice. Add a little and go by taste. And remember you can always buy whole spices online, and I think it’s really worth it, they last a long time, too. Good luck and happy holidays πŸ™‚

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    Ross Simmonds
    December 3, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    The instruction say to juice 4 of the clementines. What do you suggest with the other 4? I quartered mine!?!?

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      December 3, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Ross! In the ingredient list it says to halve all the clementines, and I left the unjuiced ones that way, they look really pretty floating in the wine.

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    Katie T
    December 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Hello, my name is Katie and I work for a magazine in Birmingham, Alabama. I’m working on an online blog post about Warm Winter Beverages and I came across your Holiday Mulled Wine recipe above. I was wondering if I could include the photo in the blog post and link back to your site. Thanks so much!

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      December 17, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Of course, Katie, thanks for asking!

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    December 8, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Is there a specific type of wine you suggest using?

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      December 8, 2015 at 7:23 am

      It can really be any red wine you like, Natasha, but you might start with a Cabernet, Zinfandel, or Merlot.

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    Ashleigh Johnston
    October 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Hi! I’d like to republish this amazing recipe in my winter newsletter for a non profit lake association. Can I do so with proper credit to the author and the photographer?

    drop me a line at [email protected]

    I’d love to hear from you,

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    November 5, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I love to leave the oranges in and add the cranberries! I love these photos, makes me excited to serve mulled wine for the holidays!

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      November 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

      I agree, the more fruit the better!

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    [email protected]+Floating+Kitchen
    November 3, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Love those little knitted cuffs! And loving that this is all done in the slow cooker. I wish I had a mug right now to wrap my chilly hands around!

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    Heather // girlichef
    November 3, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I love the mulled wine, but I’m totally smitten with those cozies!

    • Reply
      November 3, 2014 at 6:06 am

      Thanks Heather — I will do the tutorial this week, promise!

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    November 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    The slow cooker recipes are coming out, and it is making me wish I didn’t leave mine behind when I moved πŸ™ This looks so good!

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      November 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      I did the same thing, twice! But each time I caved in and bought another one…I think you’ll have to, too πŸ™‚

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    November 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Looking forward to trying this for Thanksgiving. If you decide not to post the instructions on how to make the knitted cuffs, I would love for you to send me the instructions! ???? Thanks for the post.

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    November 2, 2014 at 6:17 am

    What a delicious drink for the holidays……and your pictures are AMAZING!

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      November 2, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Erica!

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    [email protected]+press
    November 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

    absolutely gorgeous pictures – and I;m sure it is equally as delicous

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    genevieve @ gratitude & greens
    November 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Your sleeves are adorable! I love mulled wine, it’s probably one of my favourite things about the fall and winter seasons. I’ve never tried to make it in a slow cooker, though. Yum!

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    Lauren kelly Nutrition
    November 1, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I wish I had one of these right now!

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    October 31, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I can only imagine how incredible your kitchen must have smelled while making this – love the spices and fresh citrus!

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      October 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      It really does scent the entire house!

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    [email protected]+Cooking+with+Mamma+C
    October 31, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I’m so happy you posted this! The last time I had mulled wine was when I visited Belgium in December 2010. My Nonna also used to make something like this and give it to me when I was sick. I have my husband’s homemade wine to use and can’t wait to try this in the slow cooker!

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      October 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      I’m so glad you’re going to try it, Andrea— and how lucky you are to have a husband who makes wine!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 31, 2014 at 9:47 am

    LOVE this recipe! I made mulled wine once and everybody hated it – I think I used the wrong wine but oh well. I remember in my younger days – snow skiing in Colorado. I would get off the lift at the top and have a nice warm spiced wine before getting the courage to go downhill. Liquid courage – absolutely! Can’t wait to try this – and it makes me want to have company!

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      October 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

      The first time I tried it I didn’t like it, I didn’t add the sugar because I don’t like sweet wine, but I think the sugar makes a big difference, and the fruit helps, too.

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    October 31, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I don’t have a slow cooker but I’ve often thought this would be the perfect use for one, and you’ve proven it so. GREG

    • Reply
      October 31, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Greg!

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