Amaretto Mulled Wine

by Julie Cohn
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On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…Amaretto Mulled Wine.

Eleven pipers piping, oh my!  I can’t promise you pipers piping, but I can promise you will love this piping hot Amaretto Mulled Wine recipe to keep you warm for outdoor caroling, sleigh rides, and other chilly holiday events!

Amaretto Mulled Wine

If you’ve ever been to Europe during the holidays, especially to one of the many Christmas markets, you are probably familiar with Glühwein (Germany), or Vin Chaud (France), a hot mulled wine.  Similar to sangria, but served hot, mulled wine is red or white wine seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and other spices, and slowly “stewed” with fresh fruit and fruit juices, and brandy or other liqueur.

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This holiday drink has amaretto in it, which pairs perfectly with the fruit and mulling spices in the wine.  Amaretto mulled wine is a great way to use those bottles of wine you were “gifted” that are not necessarily drinkable on their own (if you know what I mean) but make a wonderful hot spiced wine!  I make a batch of this in the slow cooker every year for festive Christmas or New Years Eve parties and it is always a crowd favorite!

Amaretto Mulled Wine

A delicious warm wine cocktail seasoned with spices and amaretto liqueur heated in the slow cooker.

Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 Bottle Inexpensive Red or White Wine
  • 1 c. Orange Juice
  • 1 c. Apple Juice
  • 1/2 c. Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 Small Orange, sliced thin
  • 1 Small Apple, cored and sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 3-4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Whole Star Anise
  • 5 Whole Cloves
  • 1 Slice Fresh Ginger, skinned
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste


  1. Carefully pour the bottle of wine into the basin of a slow cooker. Add the orange and apple juice, Amaretto, and honey. Stir to blend. Add the orange and apple slices, and the cinnamon, star anise, clove, ginger, and vanilla bean paste. Stir to incorporate the spices. Heat on low in the slow cooker for about one hour, then turn down to warm to keep it warm during parties. Just before serving guests, carefully strain out the spices.

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*Note:  If you want a sweeter wine, use a Pinot Noir or Zinfandel for red, otherwise use a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.   For white wine, use a Riesling for a sweeter wine, otherwise use Sauvignon Blanc or a Chardonnay.


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