I know I’m supposed to be posting healthful recipes for the new year and all of you trying to change your lifestyle instead of boozery ones – and I promise those are coming – but: 1) it’s still the weekend and I think it should be a new rule that all New Years Day fall on a Monday; 2) I made this this weekend and it was so good, I figured any of you hosting a party this cold winter could use it; and 3) It’s red wine and fruit so it’s totally healthy, right?
I wanted to make mulled wine for New Year’s Eve but I had errands to run so didn’t want to leave it on the stove. I figured the crockpot has a warm setting and why couldn’t I use that and then safely leave the house? So I tried it and it worked! I put all the ingredients in first thing in the morning and then by mid-afternoon, the house smelled amazing and I had a delicious warm sweet but spicy wine that I honestly think would even be really delicious chilled.
This ended up making about 2 quarts, so if you’re having a party with wine drinkers, double the recipe. I studded 1/4 of an orange with cloves because I didn’t want the wine to be too bitter from too much orange peel. I did use the rest of the orange but peeled it first. All of the ingredients will be strained so don’t worry about what you put in the crockpot.
Crockpot Mulled Sweet Wine
What you need:
- 2 bottles of red wine, one sweet, one dry
- 1 1/2 c. triple sec or Cointreau
- 1 1/2 c. pineapple juice
- 1-2 pieces of candied whole ginger
- 1 whole orange, cut into quarters.
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 8-10 whole cloves
- 1-2 tbsp mulling spices, tied in a cheesecloth bag or tea steeper
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks, plus some for garnish
What you do:
- Quarter an orange and remove peel from three of the pieces. Stud the fourth piece with the peel with the cloves.
- Put the rest of the orange in the crockpot with the rest of the ingredients and set the crockpot on warm.
- Let steep at least 6 hours.
- If you want it to be done faster and are home, set the crockpot on low, wait till it starts to slow boil, and then lower to warm for 2-3 hours.
- Either serve right from the crockpot with a ladle or strain through a fine mesh strainer and put into a serving bowl.
- Serve with an orange peel garnish and a cinnamon stick or two.