Slow Cooker Spiced Wine (Mulled Wine)

Slow cooker spiced wine is an easy holiday cocktail recipe, made with red wine, apple cider, citrus, and warm spices. The delicious warm drink will be a festive hit at your holiday parties. One of the best crock pot recipes to warm you up from the inside out! 

The holidays have a way of making me reflective. In between the chaos and the cream cheese sugar cookies, these special weeks fill me with quiet gratitude. When I take a moment to truly pause, I see my blessings everywhere. I can’t imagine a cozier way to snuggle up and count them than with a spiced, steaming mug of hot slow cooker spiced wine.

2 clear coffee mugs of Slow Cooker Spiced Wine

What is Spiced Wine?

Spiced wine goes by many names—mulled wine, hot wine, grogg, and vin chaud are a few I hear used interchangeably.

If you’ve never had it, spiced wine tastes like a big, fruity red wine crossed with a spicy batch of apple cider, with a hit of brandy and a sprinkle of holiday magic.

Spiced wine is piping hot, smells of cloves and cinnamon, and tastes of the childhood nights my sisters and I spent singing unsolicited Christmas carols to our neighbors and convincing my dad to light our wood-burning fireplace: cozy, welcome, and somehow familiar.

Every sip makes me want to take a sleigh ride on a starlit night and then warm myself beside a fire in a quaint European café. 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 cocktail.

Star anise, cinnamon sticks, clove, and cardamom pods, all ready for making Easy Spiced Wine in a slow cooker

Mulled wine is one of my absolute must-make recipes every year. It’s festive, easy to make in bulk for a crowd, and always delights my guests.

festive hot holiday drinks made with spiced wine

I was introduced to spiced wine as a college student studying abroad in France. Vin chaud (literally “hot 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 it all those years ago.

Since that first sip in France, I’ve taken to making slow cooker spiced wine each year.

glasses of spiced wine made in a crock pot, garnished with cinnamon, orange slices and star anise

The Best Slow Cooker Spiced Wine Recipe

While I can’t state authoritatively that this is THE traditional mulled wine recipe (there seem to be as many variations of mulled wine as there are European cafés in which to sip them), I’ve made enough batches over the years to state with confidence that this is my best mulled wine recipe.

A mulled wine with brandy, apple cider, orange, and a mix of warming spices, this jolly drink will leave you warm and merry on even the chilliest of nights.

This slow cooker spiced wine recipe can easily be made on the stove, but I love making it in my slow cooker, especially for parties.

The slow cooker keeps the stove top free and the spiced wine warm, and it’s easy for guests to access for refills.

2 mugs of mulled wine made in a slow cooker

While there isn’t a single best wine for mulled wine, as long as you choose something dry and full bodied, your spiced wine will be delightful.

The brandy, cider, orange, and spices infuse the wine with lots of flavor, so pick something like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah that can stand up to the ingredients versus a more delicate pinot noir. If you aren’t a fan of red wine, you can also check out my recipe for White Spiced Wine.

Related: I also have my eye on these Mulled Wine Margaritas (Anyone want to come over at 5?).

You can be quite economical with spiced wine. Because of the added flavors, this is a good place to make use of a more budget-friendly bottle. Don’t choose the very bottom shelf, but you can save the super good stuff to enjoy on its own.

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mugs of Slow Cooker Spiced Wine
Slow Cooker Spiced Wine
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Hot Spiced Wine—the best mulled wine with brandy, apple cider, and spices. This traditional mulled wine is festive, easy, and perfect for parties!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Mulled Wine Recipe, Slow Cooker Spiced Wine
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 222 kcal
Author: Erin
  • 750 ml red wine (1 bottle) (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
  1. 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 1 hour, depending on your slow cooker. Stir in the brandy.
  2. 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."
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Spiced Wine
Amount Per Serving (1 (of 6), about 8 fluid ounces)
Calories 222
% Daily Value*
Sodium 26mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 26g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.