Fast and foolproof, this Mulled Wine Crockpot Recipe will warm your spirit this winter! Make it with a full-bodied red wine like merlot, or you can even make it with alcohol-free wine to include the kids. This is the best way to keep your mulled wine from boiling when heating it up. Perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving or New Year’s Eve.
Why you will love this Mulled Wine Crockpot Recipe
- It’s easy! The hardest part is slicing the oranges and peeling & sliciing the ginger. It’s really not difficult at all!
- It needs minimal prep. It takes about 5 minutes to get everything together for this crockpot mulled wine.
- You can prep it ahead of time. Toss all of the ingredients into the crockpot, and switch it on an hour and a half before you want to drink it.
- It tastes and smells delicious! Your home will smell like Christmas, and this mulled wine just tastes like a festive hug.
- It won’t overheat and boil. You want to avoid boiling mulled wine because that will boil the alcohol out of it. Using a slow cooker prevents that as it doesn’t get quite hot enough to boil out the alcohol, but as it cooks over a longer time the flavours are more powerful.
- You can make it non alcoholic. I often use alcohol-free merlot when making this recipe, which makes it kid-friendly. I initially made this recipe when I was pregnant, and used non-alcoholic wine at that time as well.
- You can make it on the stove too. The traditional way! If you’re strapped for time it’s a little quicker, but I think cooking it in the slow cooker allows the flavours to intensify more, plus you can keep it warm without keeping the stove on.
Key ingredients for Crockpot Mulled Wine
- WIne: One bottle of red wine or non-alcoholic red wine. I usually choose merlot, but cabernet sauvignon or malbec would work well too.
- Orange: One whole orange is sliced and added to the crockpot. Orange is a seasonal winter fruit and it adds a delicious hint of citrus to this recipe.
- Ginger: Ginger brings in extra warmth. It’s especially important if you’re making alcohol-free mulled wine as it adds a slight burning sentastion to your throat, just like alcoholic wine would.
- Juice: I’ve used both apple and pineapple juice in this recipe, depending on what I have on hand. They both taste great but I would choose apple juice as my preference.
- Spices: Whole cloves, allspice, star anise, and cinnamon sticks. Amazing aroma!
- Vanilla: Vanilla brings out the sweetness of the wine and fruits, and also adds some warmth. It’s so good!
- Honey: This is entirely optional, but if you want to add a little extra sweetness, honey is the way to go with this mulled wine crockpot recipe. I prefer having it in my non-alcoholic mulled wine but tend to not add it when using alcohol.
How to make mulled wine
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How long will homemade mulled wine keep?
Mulled wine will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Allow it to cool completely before pouring it into an airtight container and putting it in the fridge,
Can I reheat this recipe?
Yes, absolutely! Either reheat it in the crockpot for an hour (or less depending on the volume), or if there isn’t much left I usually just reheat it in a pot on the stove for about 10 minutes, until it’s warm but not boiling.
Why should you not boil mulled wine?
Boiling mulled wine will remove some of the alcohol content and it will also be too hot to drink. If you’re using alcohol-free wine then you don’t have to worry about it boiling so much, just allow it to cool a little before drinking it.
Can you use cheap wine?
Yes, this is a great way to use up cheap wine, in fact, I recommend not using a nice, expensive wine at all. There are plenty of decent cheap options out there, and you will be enhancing the flavour with fruit and spices, so no need for the actual wine itself to taste incredible.
Why is it called mulled wine?
When you heat wine with sweetness and spice it’s called a “mull”, hence “mulled wine” is wine heated with fruit juices (sweetness) and spices.
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- 75cl bottle red wine or alcohol-free red wine
- 90ml apple or pineapple juice, 1/2 cup
- 1 orange, sliced
- 2-3" piece fresh ginger, peeled & sliced
- 12 whole cloves
- 1 tsp whole allspice
- 3 star anise
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1-2 tbsp honey, to taste (optional)
- orange slices to garnish, (optional)
- Add all of the ingredients to the crockpot. *see notes
- Turn the slow cooker on high, and place the lid on it.
- Check the mulled wine after 1 hour. Continue cooking for another 30 minutes if it's not hot enough.
- When it's hot enough, switch it onto a low or "keep warm" setting and serve.
- Enjoy with sliced orange to garnish if desired.
*You can stick the cloves in the orange if you want to - it looks nice but doesn't change the flavour.
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.9g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0.2g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 18.3g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
|Total Sugars 8.7g|
|Vitamin D 0mcg||0%|
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g