Quick and Easy Mulled Wine Recipe for the Holidays

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Are you looking for a traditional Mulled Wine crockpot recipe?  Mulled wine is my favorite fall cocktail because the weather has finally cooled off, the winds are just right and the air is scented with falling leaves and earthy pumpkins and squash.

Like you, I love to go leaf peeping to see the all of the trees turn from a bright green to vivid hues of muted yellows, reds, orange and purple. 

The smell of mulled wine and cinnamon simmering in a crockpot is just what you need on a crisp fall evening.  

Mulled red wine, Hot toddies and Eggnog are all holiday traditions that doesn’t get nearly enough love in my opinion. I don’t understand why because mulled red wine is perfectly spiced, warms your belly, and is easy to make.

Let’s make mulled wine the star of the 2021 Holiday Season!

This simple and easy mulled wine crockpot recipe only takes a few minutes to make if that.  You literally throw everything into a crockpot, let it simmer and before you know it your taste buds is dancing and you will be fill with love. 

Mulled wine is a great alternative to hot toddies or coffee and kahula so this is what my family will be served this fall and winter at any gatherings I host. 

Mulled wine is inexpensive and easy to fix in no time at all.  I suggest using a cheap red wine, one that is fruity and full bodied.   First step in mulling wine is to toast the spices in a pan. 

Toasting spices intensifies their flavor, brings out the aromatic oils and adds complexity to their taste by layering in a warm, toasty flavor. It also makes your kitchen smell amazing!

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Next add the toasted spices to the crockpot of wine, with a little bit of honey and apple cider  and let it simmer.

It’s just that simple! I also like to add lemon and orange slices to the crockpot and just a little Gran Gala which I used instead of Gran Marnier because it’s cheaper.

You could omit the Gran Gala and add it to each glass if you’d prefer but since everyone in my home loves any beverage that has a little-grown folks juice in it I add the Gran Gala to the pot.  Do not judge us!!

Now are ready to fill up your glass and snuggle by the fire

Yield: 6

Best Mulled Red Wine Recipe

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This mulled red wine recipe is a perfect alternative to a hot toddy or a coffee cocktail with alcohol. It is delicious and satisfying with a delightful blend of spices warmed to perfection.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 bottle light/medium bodied red wine (I suggest Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or honey
  • 1 cup bourbon or brandy
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cranberries (garnish)
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 blood orange, sliced
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced


    In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer not a boil

    Simmer for 15 minutes then reduce to low heat for 5 minutes.

    Transfer to a covered container and refrigerate overnight.

    Reheat to serve, pour into mugs and garnish with a slice of blood orange, lemon, a star anise, and cinnamon stick!


Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with 14 hands wine. Syrah would also work well.

Pro Tip: DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE COME TO A BOIL as you'll be left with a bitter taste.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 0gSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 0gSugar: 41gProtein: 0g


Orgins of Traditional Mulled Wine Crockpot Recipe

Who decided to warm up red wine and throw in a few spices for the fun of it? Europeans of course!

Mulled wine originated in the 2nd century. It was created by the Romans who would heat wine to defend their bodies against the cold winter. As the Romans conquered much of Europe throughout the next century, their love for mulled wine spread across their empire and the regions they traded with.

As its popularity continued to grow throughout the middle ages, Europeans would mix heated wine with spices because they believed it would keep them healthly.  They also use herbs as natural sweeteners to make the nasty warm wine taste better.

Over the next several decades, mulled wine had become phenomenon especially in the U.S. People now include everything from both red and white wines to sangria blends and port 

Simple Mulled wine recipes are now a Christmas tradition in most countries so try this receipe and hopefully you will love it just as much as my family does.  

Not quite ready for this super cozy drink? Try our red wine sangria recipe instead.

Have you made this recipe? Let me know how you liked it in the comments below. 

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  1. This looks delicious! I remember my mom making this during the holidays for the grown folks when I was younger and she would wrap the spices in cheese cloth and add it to the pot and it made the house smell wonderful. I will have to give it a try.

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