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posted: 10/16/15

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This Slow Cooker Mulled Wine comes together in your crockpot with a little white wine and some easy to find ingredients! It is so delicious and perfect for the holidays and cool weather!

In a glass, the Slow Cooker Mulled Wine has a cinnamon brown color.

You guys. They turned off my water during the witching hour. (Witching Hour = The hours of 4 to 5:30 when I make every effort not to kill my children while they work tirelessly to push the limits of my sanity.)

So. Let me set the stage.

We are just pulling in from picking up Gavin/ballet class/running errands/trying not to lose my mind. I see a bright blue piece of paper sticking out of the door as we pull in and figure that it’s just someone who is advertising babysitting services after seeing me yell at my kids in the Target parking lot.

But then!

But then I went to wash my hands and  . . . . NOTHING!! I briefly searched my memory to see if we had done something to piss off city officials and nothing! I ran and grabbed the note out of the front door to read that the city was noticing us that they would be turning off the water at 3 pm for maintenance and we should prepare for it to be off for 2 to 6 hours. (TWO TO SIX HOURS!!)

You guys. No joke. They left the note at 2:45.


An overhead photo of a Slow Cooker with wine inside and cuts of apples, orange peels, lemon peels, and cinnamon.

It was suddenly like we were thrown back into the Middle Ages . . . . except for the electricity, and the fresh food, and the internet . . . but otherwise, straight up Middle Ages!

And what did they drink in the Middle Ages to ward off diseases because there was no fresh running water, Mulled Wine peeps! And because you can’t make pasta and meatballs for your kids when there is no running water, I made sandwiches for the kids and Mulled Wine for me. You guys. You can make Mulled Wine when there is no running water!

Two glasses of the Slow Cooker Mulled Wine that has a cinnamon brown color.

So there is this wine that I love that is made by a Wisconsin winery. It is amazing! But it is only available in October. Which just isn’t right. It’s like a spiced white wine that you are supposed to serve warm. So I decided (while I was able to buy some bottles) that I needed to make a copycat version. And I did! I literally poured a glass of mine and a glass of the bottled and they were really really close.

Make this for parties and double it or just make a single batch when the city cuts off your water at the absolute worst time.


What is Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is wine that has been heated up with sugar, fruits, and spices, usually including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. It is served warm and will fill your home with an intoxicating fragrance, making it the ultimate cozy cocktail.

How to Make Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

This cozy cocktail couldn’t get any easier! Here is a brief summary of the slow cooker mulled wine recipe. Scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements and ingredients!

  1. Combine all ingredients. Stir together all of the ingredients in your slow cooker, making sure the brown sugar is dissolved completely.
  2. Cook on low. Heat the mulled wine in the slower cooker on low for one hour.
  3. Strain the wine. Serve this cocktail warm for a cozy treat!

Best Wine for Mulled Wine

While there are many mulled wine recipes employing different types of wine, this one features a bottle of white wine. You can experiment with different types of white wine for this recipe depending on the flavor you want to achieve. A fruity, medium-sweet wine like a riesling is a great place to start! If you want your mulled wine to be sweeter, try adding moscato instead.

Serving Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is best enjoyed warm. It can be kept in the crockpot on a warm setting during a party or hosting and served using a ladle. A mug with a handle is helpful to protect your hands from the heat of this cozy beverage.

Storing Leftovers and Reheating

Please use your discretion with leftovers of this recipe. Let the mulled wine cool completely before putting it in an air-tight container in your fridge. Drink the leftovers within three days. To reheat your slow cooker mulled wine recipe, add the amount you want to drink to a small saucepan. Heat on low until warm. You may also put the mulled wine back in your crockpot on low until warm.


Does mulled wine have to be served hot?

Mulled wine is best served warm.

Can mulled wine be reheated?

Yes! See our instructions on reheating your slow cooker mulled wine above.

How long does mulled wine last?

Mulled wine lasts in the refrigerator for three days. Please see our instructions above for storing leftovers.

Other Great Cocktails

If you make this Slow Cooker Mulled Wine recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

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Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 7 minutes


  • 750 milliliters riesling wine
  • peel of one orange
  • peel of one lemon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 Tablespoon cloves
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • Combine the ingredients (making sure to stir until the sugar dissolves). Heat in a slow cooker on low for one hour. Strain the wine and serve warm.
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  1. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says

    Is it to early on a Friday morning to start drinking this. Because I’m so over this week. So over. I hate the witching hour because it start precisely when I pick my kids up from daycare until I feed them. I need Mulled Wine to get me through it!

  2. Rachel says

    OMG! Can not make to wait this for family gatherings this winter!! And seriously city, 15 minute warning…that is b.s.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Such BS!! And I will totally add this to the list of things to make on cookie making day! ;)

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