Slow-Cooker Mulled Wine

Fill your kitchen with the smell of warm spices like cloves and cardamom when you make slow-cooker mulled wine. This warm drink is the perfect antidote to a chilly winter's night.

Mulled Wine
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins

What Is Mulled Wine?

Mulled wine is a spiced wine made with red wine and a variety of whole spices, served warm. It's typically served in the winter and around the holidays.

What Wine Is Best for Mulled Wine?

A full-bodied wine with plenty of tannins is best for mulling because it holds its own against the spices. We recommend using a dry red wine, such as merlot or cabernet sauvignon.

Can I Make Mulled Wine on the Stovetop?

Yes, you can. Combine the ingredients in a large pot or Dutch oven. Cover and cook on the lowest possible setting of the stovetop burner until hot, about 30 minutes.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 1 750-mL bottle dry red wine, such as merlot or cabernet sauvignon

  • 2 cups apple cider

  • ¼ cup brandy, apple brandy or applejack

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • Zest and juice of 1 orange, plus slices for garnish

  • 6 whole allspice berries

  • 6 whole cloves

  • 2 whole star anise

  • 2 green cardamom pods

  • 2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish


  1. Combine wine, cider, brandy (or applejack), maple syrup, vinegar, orange zest and juice, allspice, cloves, star anise, cardamom and cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low in the slow cooker until hot, about 1 hour.

  2. Strain the mulled wine through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Serve warm, garnished with orange slices and cinnamon sticks, if desired.


Slow cooker, fine-mesh sieve

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

137 Calories
15g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Serving Size 5 oz.
Calories 137
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Total Sugars 12g
Vitamin A 20IU 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 198mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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