We’ve long acknowledged that rosé wine is fit for spring and summer, and that red wine is more of a fall/winter affair. But there are some cold days where red wine simply doesn’t cut it. It doesn’t feel deep enough, warm enough, seasonal enough. It’s in these moments that we must level up the festivity—we must acknowledge that indulging in a piping hot vat of slow cooker mulled wine is, really, the only way forward.
Mulled wine is the cold-weather drink of choice for those who don’t find themselves smitten with pumpkin spice lattes, or spiked hot chocolates, or sugary-sweet ciders. Instead, these people crave something drier and spicier—a drink that offers rich depth, without veering into indulgent territory.
With vibrant flavors like citrus, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise, mulled wine absolutely fits the bill. And slow cooker mulled wine offers party hosts a way to set-it-and-forget-it—to keep the libations flowing, without spending a ton of time in the kitchen.
In addition to being absolutely delicious, mulled wine is also incredibly versatile. It’s not the kind of thing you can only drink at parties—any occasion can be rendered mulled wine-friendly, so long as you have the appropriate ingredients at your disposal. Whether you’re looking for a Wednesday night pick-me-up or a quick way to spice up your Sunday afternoon, mulled wine is here for you.
Slow cooker mulled wine offers party hosts a way to set-it-and-forget-it—to keep the libations flowing, without spending a ton of time in the kitchen.
It's also surprisingly simple. Your guest's will assume you spent hours perfecting your recipe, when in actuality, you just have to throw a bunch of stuff in your slow cooker and sit back while it does all the work for you.
My favorite trick? Using a pre-made mulling spice mix, like this one from Williams Sonoma. It takes the guess work out of choosing and measuring spices, and ensures each batch is consistent.
Simply add one scoop of the mixed spices for every one cup of red wine, set your slow cooker on low and let your cocktail simmer. Serve with orange slices and cinnamon sticks to really up the ante.