Recipe: Slow Cooker Mulled Wine (with or without Sloe Gin)

Mulled Wine

I always use a slow cooker to make my mulled wine. It keeps the wine at a nice consistent temperature and doesn’t risk boiling the alcohol away – and it also fills the house with them most amazing festive smells.

Pop this on a few hours before you have guests arriving to fill the house with Christmas cheer – or make a batch to enjoy whilst you’re wrapping gifts or dressing the tree.

Basic Mulled Wine

  • 1 bottle (750ml / 25 oz) bottle dry red wine
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange, zested and sliced
  • 60g golden caster sugar

To make more, just double the quantities on all ingredients.


  1. Pour wine into the slow cooker pot on a low setting. Add all ingredients to the wine and leave for at least an hour while the house fills with the most festive smell ever.
  2. Taste the mulled wine; if it is not ‘spiced’ enough, you can leave for longer or add a few more of the spices. Depending on the type of wine used, you might want to add some extra sugar at this point, too.
  3. When it tastes just right, remove all of the floating spices (but leave the orange slices). The mulled wine can now be kept on a low heat until serving.
  4. To serve, pour into glass mugs and add a cinnamon stick or a slice of orange.

Sloe Gin Mulled Wine

If you want to make your winter tipple a just little more boozy, you can add a shot of sloe gin to each glass of right before serving. Celtic Country Wines sell their own version if you haven’t been organised enough to make your own this year!


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