For your next holiday party, serve up something different – Slow Cooker Mulled Wine – instead of sparkling wine or mixed drinks.
I’ve enjoyed this drink as Gluehwein or Gluhwein while I was in Germany at their outdoor winter holiday markets where it’s sold in little ceramic mugs.
It’s just the thing for enjoying on a cold winter night or after Christmas caroling.
This easy mulled wine recipe for the slow cooker is ideal for parties since you can “fix it and forget it.”
It’s also a super a convenient holiday party drink. That’s because crock-pot mulled wine can easily be kept warm in your slow cooker and guests can help themselves.
How to make mulled wine
Bring slow cooker spiced wine to a boil on your Crock-Pot’s hot setting. This has the advantage of burning off some of the alcohol so your guests won’t get too toasty, if you know what I mean.
Once you get it up to temperature, most slow cookers have a warm setting that should keep this mulled wine recipe at just the perfect temperature for the rest of the night.
How much should I make for my party? Depending on the size of your slow cooker, I’d make a double batch. If you have leftovers, you can always reheat it and enjoy another time.
Mugs or glasses? Either are fine. But keep your punch glasses or mugs small!
Mulled spiced wine gets cold quickly, and isn’t as good at room temperature as it is toasty warm.
About the slow cooker mulled wine recipe ingredients
What type of wine? I recommend a full bodied cabernet sauvignon or zinfandel. Buy a bargain brand as you are adding spices, sweeteners, and even vinegar to the wine – and heating it. I wouldn’t do that to a very good, expensive brand of red wine.
Spices: I decided to put a special spin on this mulled wine recipe using a variety of non-traditional spices like star anise and allspice berries along with cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. (Great way to use up all those extra spices in your cabinet!)
Depending on the red wine you use and how much you like balsamic vinegar, if you don’t think Slow Cooker Spiced Mulled Wine is sweet enough add a tablespoon or two of brown sugar. Delightful!
Vinegar: To make this slow cooker mulled wine recipe unique, I used balsamic vinegar as it adds depth to this holiday cocktail.
More party cocktail and mocktail ideas
● Lemonade Sangria (mocktail)
Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 bottle red wine, such as a cabernet sauvignon or zinfandel
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup sorghum syrup, maple syrup or honey
- 1 (2 inch) piece ginger root, peeled
- 4 clementine oranges, zested and juiced
- 3 star anise
- 3 allspice berries
- 4 whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 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
Originally published on December 24, 2013, December 1, 2016, and December 6, 2017. Updated with new pictures and information.