One of the great things about living in Charlotte is the fact that it’s not too cold out…yet. Although it’s December, it’s the perfect time of year to go outside with mulled wine and sit by the fire pit. If I were still back home in NY, it would be way to frigid to do that!
After Thanksgiving dinner, that’s exactly what my family and I did to enjoy that invigorating but not overly intense cold. I whipped out the slow cooker to heat the wine. I used a semi-sweet red wine and a sweet Moscato. I poured both bottles of wine into the slow cooker and added the juice from two oranges along with the peels, allspice berries, star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, apple cider, and just a touch of simple syrup.
I set the slow cooker on low for 2 hours. After a taste test, my mulled wine was good, but allowing it to sit overnight with all of the spices in it made the flavors really come together even more, making it our perfect post-Thanksgiving drink. With Christmas coming, it will be just as warm a welcome to enjoy outdoors!
Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
1 bottle of semisweet red wine
1 bottle of a sweet white wine
1/2 cup spiced rum
2 whole star anise
2 whole nutmeg smashed
2 cinnamon sticks
2 oranges peeled and juice squeezed
20 allspice berries
2 cups apple cider
2 cups simple syrup
Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker.
Set slow cooker to low, to heat the wine.
Let the wine heat for about 2 hours, and then set the slow cooker to warm.
P.S. Allowing the mulled wine to sit overnight with all of the spices in it help make the flavors really come together even more