Our easy hot mulled wine recipe is the perfect seasonal drink to serve for a party at home. It’s loaded with flavors like cherry brandy, mulling spices, apple cider, orange juice and red wine. And you can make it in the slow cooker or stove top! Make a batch for a crowd or when you need a signature cocktail for your dinner party ideas.
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Easy Mulled Wine
A while back I decided to create a new mulled wine recipe. Something with lots of flavors combined together and an extra kick. Plus I had a mulling spice ball just waiting to be used.
This recipe gets rave reviews even from people who don’t like wine (what?). I mean red wine with liqueur, plus juices and spices….how could it go wrong?
So with a few ideas for ingredients I concocted this recipe for mulled red wine. I made it in the crock pot but you can certainly make it on the stove too.
How to serve mulled wine
This spiced wine recipe turned out SO delicious! You’re going to want to make it for fall and holiday parties, into winter entertaining. But how will you serve it at a party?
Here are some stylish ways to serve this hot autumn cocktail.
- Use a grouping of tea kettles.
- Use a vintage hot chocolate pot. These are taller and larger than a tea pot.
- Serve it from a soup tureen with a ladle to pour into cups.
- Keep it warm in a large chafing dish and use a ladle to scoop into cups.
- To add a casual rustic feel, pour the hot mulled wine into vintage style thermoses and serve from them.
- Use a large coffee urn to pour from.
- Serve it straight from the stove or crock pot.
PARTY TIP: Feel free to serve this cold like Sangria too!
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What are mulling spices?
Traditional mulling spices consist of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Sometimes star anise or peppercorns are included. You can use the spices to simmer on the stove along with citrus for a scented potpourri. Or add them to drinks like hot cider and red wine for a spiced drink.
You can find mulling spices at most grocers or make your own homemade spices. A large mesh ball, also known as a tea infuser can be used so the spices stay together and are easy to take out of the finished beverage.
If you don’t have a mulling ball, use a piece of cheesecloth tied with twine to hold the spices inside. Either way they are a great addition to any pantry.
Best wine to use
You don’t want to use an expensive or fancy bottle for traditional mulled wine. The juices and spices will hide the nuances of flavor.
That also means you don’t want to use a light bodied wine like Pinot Noir or Gamay (source). Use bolder wines that are medium to full bodied like these.
- Spanish red
- Shiraz or Syrah
- Cabernet Sauvignon
How do you make spiced mulled wine?
You can make this in a slow cooker or the stove top. Here are the ingredients to add to your shopping list.
- One large, or two regular size bottles of red wine from the list above.
- Cherry brandy, but you can always use another flavor if you have it on hand.
- Orange flavored liqueur like Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or Triple Sec.
- Orange juice with NO pulp.
- Cranberry juice
- Apple cider or apple juice
- An orange (sliced) for the wine, plus extra for garnish.
- Mulling spices – place them in a spice ball or wrap them in cheese cloth to keep them together. Tie the cheesecloth with twine, like a sack, to keep the spices inside.
Put all the ingredients into a crock pot or a large sauce pan and cover. Heat on low for 1 to 2 hours. DO NOT BOIL.
Flavors will blend and mellow after 2-3 hours. Serve in mugs and garnish with orange slices.
HOSTESS TIP: If you drink the mulled wine after an hour or so, it will be “strong” tasting from the liquor added. That intensity will mellow after a couple of hours.
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This mulled wine recipe is so forgiving, you can delete or add flavors as you like. Go ahead and give it a try. There’s plenty of cold weather left, and this will warm you up!
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- 1 large (1.5 liter) bottle medium to full bodied red wine
- 1 cup cherry brandy
- 1/2 cup orange flavored liqueur
- 1 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 orange, sliced
- 4 Tablespoons mulling spices - place them in a spice ball or wrap them in cheese cloth to keep them together
- Put all ingredients into a crock pot or large sauce pan. Cover and heat on low for 2 hours.
- Flavors will blend and mellow after 2-3 hours.
- Use a ladle to pour into mugs and enjoy.
You can serve this cold like sangria too!