For parties and holiday entertaining we think of cocktails and champagne, but how about something warm like mulled wine? It’s super simple to make and keep warm if you use your slow cooker. You can bring it to a boil using the hot setting, which will have the advantage of burning off a lot of the alcohol so your guests won’t get too toasty warm, if you know what I mean. And once you get it up to temperature, most slow cookers have a warm setting that should keep it at a perfect temperature for the rest of the night. Make a single or double batch depending on the size of your slow cooker.
Also, keep the glasses small! Mulled wine gets cold quickly, and isn’t as good at room temperature as it is warm.
Making mulled wine with balsamic vinegar
I decided to put a special spin on my mulled wine using a variety of non-traditional spices like star anise and allspice along with cinnamon and cloves, mostly because I had a bunch in my cupboards! I also thought sorghum syrup as a sweetener would be fun. (Don’t have sorghum in your neck of the woods? Feel free to substitute maple syrup or honey.)
Finally, I had come across several recipes using balsamic vinegar in mulled wine and thought using Holland House Balsamic Vinegar would be perfect. It added a lot of depth but some acidity to the recipe, so it required a little more sweetening to balance it. If the sorghum isn’t quite enough for your tastes, add a little brown sugar to the recipe if you wish.
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Slow Cooker Spiced Mulled Wine
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 bottle red wine, such as a cabernet sauvignon or zinfandel
- 1/4 cup Holland House Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 cup sorghum syrup
- 1 (2 inch) piece ginger root, peeled
- 4 clementine oranges, zested and juiced
- 3 anise stars
- 3 allspice berries
- 4 whole cloves
- Combine all ingredients in slow cooker set on high.
- Cook for approximately 2-4 hours (depending on your slow cooker) until mulled wine is boiling.
- Lower temperature to warm.
- Serve in small mugs or glasses.
- Serving size: 1/2 cup