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Slow Cooker Mulled Wine Recipe

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Want something easy for New Year’s Eve? This slow cooker mulled wine is perfect! Toss the ingredients into your crock pot and you’re done!

Let your slow cooker do all the work with this easy mulled wine recipe! Two ingredients and a few spices are simmered to keep you and your guests warm all night!

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

The best thing about this is, obviously, how easy it is. Though it also tastes great. Zach thought it was like a fruit snack. Served nice and warm, it’s perfect to sip on a cold night.

If you want a little more kick, you can add a shot of brandy to your glass. Though I actually added a little creme de cocoa, which I mentioned with the chocolate peppermint martini, is like a chocolate brandy (if you get the dark one, not the clear one).

The mulled wine by itself is really nice, but this adds just a little something to it. I can’t quite place my finger on what.

Spiced Wine

This slow cooker mulled wine was made using Cabernet, which is fine. If I did it again, I’d use a sweet wine. That’s just personal preference, though. You can use whatever red wine you want.

One other change I would make would be to squeeze the juice out of the orange (into the crock pot, of course) before tossing what’s left of the slice into the liquid.

Otherwise, I’m really happy with how this turned out. If you’re like me, you’ll probably receive some red wine for Christmas that you might not particularly care for (happens every year–nothing wrong with the wine, I just like mine very sweet). This is a GREAT way to make use of it.


Also, fun fact: I had never tasted a star anise until I made this. My verdict is that it’s basically like licorice. I hate the taste of licorice, but I think it added an interesting flavor. Feel free to skip it if you’re not interested in that bit, though.

Happy New Year!

(Still trying to concentrate on Christmas before even thinking about the New Year? I have a great breakfast for you over at my blog–check out these homemade quick cinnamon rolls with caramel frosting!)

Yield: 4

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 3 cups (750 mL) red wine
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise


  1. Add all ingredients to a crock pot. Cook on low for 2 hours.
  2. Strain out the spices and orange chunks.
  3. Serve warm!
  4. Optional: Add a shot of brandy to your glass!
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  • Jamie
    November 16, 2017

    Oh wow, this sounds good! Pinning this to try for the holidays. 🙂

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    November 13, 2017

    Anything in the slow cooker is good and this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

  • Ashley Tukiainen
    November 12, 2017

    This sounds amazing <3 Pinning for later, thanks for sharing!

  • Carrie
    November 12, 2017

    My friend likes mulled wine and this looks like a recipe I should try out. I haven’t tried mulled wine yet. Not sure about warmed up wine but others seem to like it. If a fruitier wine would taste better than maybe a Pinot Noir might taste just right.

  • Hil
    December 30, 2016

    Yummy! I’ve never made mulled wine before, looks awesome.

    Thanks for sharing at #bloggerspotlight

    I pinned to some of our group boards 🙂

  • Miz Helen
    December 27, 2016

    Your Slow Cooker Mulled Wine looks like a great party drink for the holidays! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you are having a wonderful week and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    December 20, 2016

    Sounds easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

  • fabiola
    December 18, 2016

    This sound delish, but will the orange make it bitter?

  • Charlotte
    December 20, 2015

    Oh, this just looks delicious 🙂 I always want to make mulled wine around the holidays and then I always forget. This sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Following you from SITS Sharefest–hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  • Mollie
    December 19, 2015

    What a great idea this time of year, but I especially liked that you suggested using a wine you weren’t too terribly fond of – I’m the opposite, I like a dryer wine, so I know I’d love this made with a sweet one! Thanks for sharing this on Throwback Thursday – I’ll be pinning it to our board, so make sure to follow! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  • Audrey
    December 19, 2015

    Oh yummy! and easy too. Thanks for sharing on the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. We will be back on December 29th and hope you will join us.