Slow Cooker Mulled Wine, or spiced wine, is a traditional holiday alcoholic beverage. Served warm, mulled wine is filled with seasonal spices like cinnamon, star anise, and cloves.
Looking for a cozy holiday beverage? Mulled wine makes the perfect holiday treat because it's filled with all your favorite holiday flavors.
Red wine is infused with spices like cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, as well as citrus flavor from fresh orange slices. Triple sec or brandy is added for an extra kick of flavor, perfect for holiday parties.
Serve slow cooker mulled wine for Thanksgiving or Christmas - it makes the perfect warm adult beverage! For a kid friendly version, try my recipe for slow cooker mulled apple cider.
Best wine to use
Want to know the best part about making mulled wine? You don't need a fancy or expensive bottle to make a great tasting batch of mulled wine.
I picked out a fairly cheap bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. I'd suggest choosing a dry red wine as the base for your mulled wine.
Normally, for a recipe that includes wine, like a sangria, I would suggest choosing a nice, mid-grade wine that tastes good to you and you'd enjoy on its own.
However, the spices, citrus, and maple syrup will heavily flavor your wine. So, I wouldn't worry so much about your choice of wine when making a mulled wine.
Mulled wine variations
You can make all sorts of variations to mulled wine. I like to add apple juice to mine for a hint of apple flavor. You could also try apple cider or orange juice.
Instead of triple sec, you can also use brandy or fireball whisky.
Don't want to mess with fishing out spices from your mulled wine? Try wrapping your spices in cheesecloth. This way, you can fish out a single bundle once your wine is ready.
Leftover mulled wine
If you have leftover wine, pick out the spices and fruit slices and discard them.
Then, store leftover wine in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Your mulled wine can be gently reheated and served again at a later date.
Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
- 750 ml bottle of red wine, like cabernet sauvignon
- 1 cup apple juice
- ¼ cup triple sec, or brandy
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 2 whole cloves
- 2 star anise
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and stir to combine. Set to low and warm for 1 hour.
- Ladle into mugs and serve warm. Optionally, garnish mugs with orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
- To make on the stove top - add all ingredients to a saucepan and heat over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until hot. Make sure not to boil, you do not want to boil off the alcohol.
- Leftover mulled wine - strain the spices and orange slices, then store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Apple juice can be substituted with apple cider or orange juice.
- Maple syrup can be substituted with granulated sugar, brown sugar, or honey.
We're making this for Thanksgiving, but made a test batch to try it. It's so good! We used brandy but might try triple sec next time. Also used honey and it worked instead of maple syrup. Can't wait for the next batch!
Sounds like it went well, hope you enjoy it for Thanksgiving!