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How To Make Slow Cooker Mulled Wine: The Easiest, Simplest Method - Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

How To Make Slow Cooker Mulled Wine: The Easiest, Simplest Method - Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
From The Kitchn - December 12, 2017

Serving warm mugs of steaming mulled wine is the smartest thing you can do to upgrade any holiday party. It does not get any easier than adding a few bottles of wine, some brandy, maple syrup, whole spices, and orange peel to a slow cooker and heating until warm. There's no need to stand behind the bar shaking up individual cocktails when, with the help of a slow cooker and a ladle, guests can serve themselves while they mingle.

With just a few glugs, a twist of a spice jar, and a flick of your wrist, you will have a custom cocktail fit for every occasion through the new year.

What Is Mulled Wine?

Mulled wine is simply wine that has been spiced, sweetened, and served warm, often with a shot of hard liquor. In Germany, it is called Gluhwein or "glow-wine" and the shot of liquor is rum or amaretto. In Scandinavia they serve Glgg, adding blanched almonds, raisins, and port. Spain's sangria is similar, although served chilled and filled to the brim with cut fruit. You might even remember singing the holiday classic "Here We Come a Wassailing," but you might not know that wassail is a Christmas drink made of ale, wine, or hard cider, served hot and sweetened and flavored with spices, ginger, and citrus.

The danger in mulling wine (other than imbibing too much) is the urge to overdo it on the mulling spices. Although you may have grown up with mulling spices simmering on the back stove during the holidays, believe meyou do not want to drink a mugful of potpourri. Be judicious with the addition of whole spices; you need a lot less than you have been lead to believe. A pair of cinnamon sticks and star anise pods and a mere four whole cloves will perfume a batch or two of mulled wine. After that, if the party keeps rocking, fish out the spent spices and replenish with new.

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