Spiced Wine | Mulled Wine (Crockpot or Stovetop)

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Spiced Wine (also called Mulled Wine) is a festive drink that’s perfect for holiday entertaining, especially on a cold, winter night. You can easily make this wine spiked with rum and warm spices on your stovetop or in the crockpot.

Suitable for vegan and gluten free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers Points.

a glass filled with spiced wine

Spiced wine is a popular drink that you will find all over Europe, especially around the holidays. Fill a mug and sip as you stroll through Christmas markets or take in the beautiful lights and holiday displays. No matter where you live, this cheerful drink will warm you to your toes and lift your spirits.

This hot wine is so easy to make at home, you can mix it up fast and enjoy it all night long. It’s perfect for a night by the fire and will warm you up after a day spent playing in the snow. And it’s a staple for easy entertaining at holiday parties and seasonal gatherings.

two glasses filled with the finished hot spiced wine recipe

Why You’ll ♡ This

  • Festive – Spices like cinnamon, clove, and cardamom give this drink a festive flavor.
  • Frugal – No need to break out the expensive wine for this recipe! Affordable wine works great in this recipe, which is great for your budget.
  • Warming – Nothing is more satisfying than curling up with a warm drink on a cold night.

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Can you smell the warm fruity scent of this Gluhwein? Are you ready to learn how to make this jolly warm beverage? Then let me show you…

How To Make Spiced Wine on the Stove

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the rum to a saucepan.
  2. Heat until almost boiling, then simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a punch bowl if desired.
  4. Add rum, slices of fresh citrus, and cinnamon sticks for garnish and serve.

How To Make Spiced Wine in a Slow Cooker

  1. Add all of the ingredients (except citrus slices) to the Crockpot.
  2. Heat on low for 90 minutes.
  3. Garnish with citrus and cinnamon sticks and serve.
top down view of mulled wine inside a slow cooker

Expert Tips

  • If you sweeten with maple syrup, use real maple syrup, not the imitation kind.
  • Do not boil the mixture or you will cook off all of the alcohol.
  • Feel free to use pre-packaged mulling spices to make this.

Delicious Variations

  • Make it with white wine – Although traditionally made with red wine, a dry white wine makes a lovely substitute.
  • Try different spices – Cinnamon, clove, and cardamom are the most common selections, but Star Anise is also a great addition.  Pieces of sliced ginger also add a lovely kick.
  • Swap the sweetener – Don’t have maple syrup on hand? Use honey, agave, or simple syrup.
  • Use different juice – Cranberry juice makes a festive and flavorful addition.

Meal Prep and Prep Ahead

Prep Ahead – The most challenging part of making this recipe is the time needed for heating. You may want to slice your citrus ahead of time, but everything else is just dump and go.

Store – Leftover wine can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat it on the stove or in a microwave-safe mug.

Freeze – Guess what? You can freeze this festive drink, and it makes incredible slushies! Here’s how to do it:

  • Prepare the wine and bring it to a boil to cook off any alcohol.
  • Pour the wine into ice cube trays and freeze.
  • Pop the cubes out of the tray and store them in a freezer-safe bag.
  • Toss the cubes into a blender and blend until slushy. (Hint: you may need to add a splash of water or fruit juice to get things going in the blender.)
two mugs of mulled wine garnished with cinnamon sticks

FAQs

What is Spiced Wine?

Spiced wine is a warm drink commonly made by heating red wine with a variety of warm spices. Sometimes this glogg will have apple cider, citrus fruit, brandy, rum, or other liquor added to it.

Can I Make This Without Alcohol?

Not everyone enjoys drinking alcohol, or you may be looking for a family-friendly and kid-friendly beverage. To make a non-alcoholic version of mulled wine, simply replace the wine with grape juice, leave out the maple syrup, and skip stirring in the rum!

Serving Suggestions

More Slow Cooker Recipes

Weight Watchers Points

There are 9 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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Spiced Wine | Mulled Wine

This festive seasonal drink is easy to make and perfect for entertaining.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 8
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Liters (2 bottles) red wine
  • 1 cup (250ml) apple cider
  • 1 cup (250ml) orange juice
  • 1/4 cup (250g) maple syrup or to taste
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 8 cardamom pods split
  • 1 clementine sliced
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) brandy or rum, optional

Instructions

How To Make Spiced Wine on the Stovetop

  • Add all the ingredients except for the rum into a saucepan.
  • Heat until almost boiling, then simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Switch off the heat and strain (if required) into a serving pitcher or punchbowl.
  • Mix in the rum (if using), add the citrus slices, and serve.

How To Make Spiced Wine in the Crockpot

  • Add all the ingredients (minus the clementine slices) in the slow cooker.
  • Heat on LOW for about 60-90 minutes until the wine is hot. Do not cook on high so you don’t cook out all the alcohol (if using). It will take about an hour for the mulled wine to get hot.
  • Switch off the heat and add in the clementine slices.
  • Let sit for a few minutes, strain and serve warm.
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Notes

  • If you sweeten with maple syrup, use real maple syrup, not the imitation kind.
  • Do not boil the mixture or you will cook off all of the alcohol.
  • Feel free to use pre-packaged mulling spices to make this.
There are 9 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg

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