Slow Cooker Spiced Wine
Merry Monday! Not only do I have this Slow Cooker Spiced Wine, of my favorite, most-trusted recipes to share with you today, I have a video and a FREE, downloadable holiday e-cookbook to go along with it. Hooray!
The video can be viewed above, at the top of the blog post. Details to download the e-cookbook are below.
The holidays have a way of making me reflective. In between the chaos and the cookies, this time of year is filled with quiet gratitude. When I pause to look around, I see my blessings everywhere. They’re in the way the snow reflects Christmas lights, the sound of my girlfriends laughing, the warmth of my husband’s hand, and the taste of cookies baked fresh from the oven.
They’re in late-night phone calls, the unexpected “Merry Christmas” texts, and scoring a decent parking spot at the mall.
They’re also right here, reading on the other side of the computer screen. YOU.
As a small token of my appreciation, I put together a free e-cookbook with ten of my favorite holiday recipes. Whether you’re looking for a little last-minute holiday inspiration or simply a few extra tasty dishes to add to your regular repertoire, this e-cookbook has something for you.
The e-cookbook has a range of recipes from baked breakfast goodies to slam-dunk sides to delectable desserts, along with one of my absolute favorite recipes to make in the winter: hot spiced wine.
I was introduced to spiced wine as a college student studying abroad in France. On nights when the cold nips my neck and threatens to settle into my bones, nothing warms me to the core like this richly spiced, aromatic drink.
Also called “mulled wine,” “hot wine” or (in French) vin chaud, spiced wine appears throughout France during the winter months. To this day, every sip transports me back to the winding outdoor Christmas market, where I first tried vin chaud all those years ago.
It was my last weekend in France, and my friend Megan and I booked train tickets to Lyon on a whim. We stumbled upon the Christmas market as the sun sank into the horizon and the night began to turn cold. Every booth tempted with homemade holiday wares, but it was the hot spiced wine that finally prompted us to part with our precious Euros.
The spiced wine was piping hot, smelled of cloves and cinnamon, and tasted of the childhood nights my sisters and I spent singing unsolicited Christmas carols to our neighbors, drinking hot chocolate, and convincing my dad to light our wood burning fireplace: cozy, welcome, and somehow familiar.
Since that first sip at the Lyon Christmas market, I’ve taken to making spiced wine each year at Christmas, and it is my favorite drink to serve at holiday parties. I’ve tried many versions of the recipe, and today’s, with apple cider and brandy for sweetness, along with star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves for spice, is my favorite.
Spiced wine can easily be made on the stove, but I also love making it in my slow cooker, especially for parties. The slow cooker keeps the stovetop free and the spiced wine warm, and it’s easy for guests to access for refills.
And now the free e-cookbook!
Whether you read every blog post, swing by occasionally for recipes, or just stumbled upon my site today (hi!), I’m so grateful you are here. As a teeny tiny token of my appreciation, I’m so happy to share this free e-cookbook with you.
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Slow Cooker Spiced Wine
Spiced wine made in a slow cooker will warm you on the coldest of nights. Red wine is simmered with whole winter spices, apple cider, and brandy for a cozy (and addictive!) winter drink. Inexpensive and easy to make, it’s also an excellent choice for holiday parties.
Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
- 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (choose something fruity but not too sweet. Merlot, Zinfandel, or Cabernet Sauvignon all work well)
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 5 whole cloves
- 4 green cardamom pods
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole star anise
- 1/4 cup brandy
- Orange slices, for garnish
- Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
- Add wine, cider, honey, orange zest, and orange juice to a 3-quart or larger slow cooker. Stir to combine. Add the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and star anise. Cook on low until warm, 30 minutes to one hour, depending on your slow cooker. Stir in the brandy.
- Ladle into mugs and serve with an orange slice and cinnamon sticks. To keep the wine warm, leave the slow cooker on the “keep warm” setting. If your slow cooker does not have a warm setting, alternate between “low” and “off.”