Holiday Recipe: Mulled Wine

Warm Red Mulled Wine Sangria
Serves 4
When the weather outside is frightful, warm up with this delicious mixed drink.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
  1. One bottle of semi-sweet red wine (Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet, or red blends work well)
  2. 1/4 - 1/2 C. brandy
  3. 1/4 C. fresh orange juice
  4. 3-4 Tbsp. Sugar (or to taste)
  5. 1 orange
  6. 1 lemon
  7. 1/2 C. fresh cranberries
  8. 1-2 fresh cinnamon sticks
  9. 1 Tbsp. whole cloves
  10. 4-5 star anise
  1. Slice the orange and lemon, set aside.
  2. Toast the whole cloves and star anise in a small pan over medium heat. Don't walk away; it only takes a minute or two! Once you smell a rich, toasty aroma, or the spices begin to "pop," remove from heat. Note: if the spices begin to smoke, you've done more than toast them.
  3. When the spices are cool enough to handle, press two to three whole cloves into the orange slices. Set aside the star anise.
  4. In a crockpot, combine the wine, brandy, and sugar. Stir well.
  5. Add the sliced fruit, cranberries, star anise, and cinnamon sticks.
  6. Set the crock pot to Low.
  7. Wait until the drink is fully heated (about 2 hours), then serve in heat-resistant glasses or mugs. Garnish with an orange slice or small cinnamon stick if desired.
  8. Enjoy!
  1. The fresh cranberries, toasted spices, and cinnamon sticks make this warm mulled wine sangria really pop. Using whole spices prevents the final mixture from becoming gritty. Plus, preparing it in a slow cooker allows you to take it anywhere and serve it easily. Enjoy with your favorite holiday meal or just because. Double the recipe for more guests, but keep an eye on portion sizes -- this recipe packs a punch! Image credit:
The Pittsburgh Moms
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Julia Germeyer
Julia is a lifelong writer, part-time adventurer, and lover of good wine and carbs. She lives in the South Hills with her family: a husband, two littles, and two cats, and the oldest child is in the Army. She owns a digital marketing consulting firm and was also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. Julia has an MBA from Point Park University and a Bachelor's degree from Pitt. She enjoys hanging out with her family, traveling to new places, Wheel of Fortune, and sleep. If she had a superpower, it would be to fly: traffic jams would be a thing of the past.