Simple Mulled Wine Recipe (Stove Top or Slow Cooker)

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Justin + Erica Winn
This simple mulled wine recipe will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. It's the perfect warmed spiced beverage for any holiday gathering or event! Mulled wine gets its rich, fragrant flavor from the addition of spices and some citrus and can be made with a quick simmer on the stove or in your slow cooker. If you are looking for a delicious holiday drink this simple mulled wine recipe is a must try! 
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  • 1 bottle red wine (malbec, syrah or any red blend work well)
  • 2 cups raw apple cider
  • 2 oranges (1 optional for garnish)
  • 1 apple
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish - optional)
  • 4 whole star anise (plus more for garnish - optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Heritage distilling Brown Sugar Bourbon (vodka works too)


For the stovetop:

  • Slice one orange into rounds, discard end pieces. Slice apple into rounds, discard end pieces and remove core.
  • Place all ingredients (except optional garnish items) into a pot on the stovetop. Heat at medium-high heat until the liquid just barely starts to simmer then immediately reduce heat to low. Don't allow the liquid to boil, you just want a low heat to marry the flavors. Cover and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  • While the wine is simmering, prepare additional orange for garnish (optional). Slice orange into wedges or simply use a strip of orange peel for garnish.
  • Pour wine through a strainer into cups for serving. Garnish with any optional items and enjoy!

For the slow-cooker:

  • Follow step #1 above. 
  • Place all ingredients (except optional garnish items) into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 hour. After one hour you can keep the slow cooker going on low or "keep warm" if it has that function. 
  • Follow steps 3-4 above for serving.