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Holiday Mulled Wine

If you’re looking for a holiday or Christmas cocktail recipe that has stood the test of time – you’ve found it.  Mulled wine has been around for centuries, and for good reason.  It’s warm and it’s got all the spices of the season. This slow cooker ginger mulled wine cocktail tops off whatever holiday you celebrate!

A bit of history about mulled wine:

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Mulled wine is a traditional cocktail that has been around for ages.  In fact, some debate if it was the Greeks or the Romans who first mulled wine.  History says that the Romans used it to keep their bodies warm when winter set in.  History also says that it was in fact, the Greeks.  That they were a culture that didn’t waste, and that mulling wine was a way to use it all up.  It wasn’t until the middle ages that mulled wine became popular, though. Looking forward to Victorian England, mulled wine became a regular at Christmas tables.  Historians believe that when Charles Dickens wrote about mulled wine in “A Christmas Carole” this cocktails fate was to be forever associated with Christmas. I’d have to agree. After all, who can resist a good holiday mulled wine?

What type of wine to use for holiday mulled wine:

Typically, you use a dry, red wine, and that is what this recipe calls for.  Although some may say that the quality of the wine doesn’t matter when warmed, I disagree.  If it’s not a wine you would enjoy drinking, why would you drink it warm?  Part of the reason people say you don’t need a good red wine is because of the spices and honey you add. You can find more about wine pairings here.  My opinion is that they only enhance a good wine. So, what type of wine?

  • Cabernet
  • Red Zinfandel

Mulled Wine Recipe

Holiday Mulled Wine Recipe - Sweet Humble Home

Holiday Ginger Mulled Wine

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Holiday Ginger Mulled Wine is a wonderful, festive, cocktail for your next holiday gathering! Your guests will ask for a copy of the recipe - and you'll be happy to have another slow cooker recipe in your holiday recipe box!


  • 1 750 ml bottle of red wine (Zinfandel or Cabernet is best)
  • Juice of 1 orange.
  • 1 orange cut into slices.
  • Peel of 1 orange
  • 4 thin slices fresh peeled ginger or 2 tbsp powdered
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (plus more for serving)
  • 3 star anise (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brandy


Place all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Before serving use a slotted spoon to strain out any of the spices you do not want in the cocktail (for example - ginger slices). Garnish with cinnamon sticks, star anise, and orange slices - enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g
Two glass mugs of mulled wine on a live edge board ready to serve with star anise, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks.  The board is decorated with sugared cranberries and clove studded orange.

Serving Your Ginger Mulled Wine

Get festive!  You’re serving this absolutely wonderful ginger mulled wine! Use your cinnamon sticks and star anise to garnish, and make sure to stick in a few of your orange slices.  No matter where you live – cold or not, this slow cooker holiday ginger mulled wine will get you into the holiday spirit!



PS: Check out these other holiday recipes to make planning holiday parties easier!

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