Knowing how to whip up a decadent cocktail with the perfect garnish is seriously impressive, but sometimes you just want holiday entertaining to be easy. Like our penchant for crockpot recipes on busy weeknights, we also have a soft spot for the slow cooker recipe of the cocktail world: mulled wine.
Warm and rich in flavor, it's almost impossible to make a mistake when crafting mulled wine. No amount of cocktail party chatter or kitchen multitasking can derail the preparation of this foolproof drink. Simply toss the ingredients into a large pot, and let the heady spice aroma drift through your home.
Planning a holiday party? These nine mulled wine recipes should be on every host's list.
Mulled White Wine With Orange
This citrus mulled wine calls on star anise, honey, and orange for a unique aroma and flavor. The creator, Mitzy at Home, says it works perfectly with pinot grigio, which has an "aroma [that's] reminiscent of pear, grapefruit, pineapple, and cinnamon. All that paired with lots of oranges, spices, and some sugar gives a really lovely result."
Five-Minute Mulled Wine
The creator of this genius five-minute recipe, Sarah of Broma Bakery, recommends using pinot noir when making this mulled wine. Complete with cloves, star anise, and whole cinnamon sticks, this is the seasonal beverage you'll make on repeat this winter.
Apple Cider Mulled White Wine With Ginger
Apple cider and ginger aren't normal mulled wine ingredients, but bear with us—together they're delicious. Foodie How Sweet Eats says the recipe is "sweetened with some honey and ginger. It's just the slightest flavor change, but it works with both versions of wine, and I cannot proclaim my love enough!" Bonus: You can whip it up in your slow cooker and prepare it ahead of time, making it an ideal drink for holiday entertaining.
Mulled Red Wine With Brandy
Got 20 minutes to spare? This quick and easy recipe by Gimme Some Oven takes just five minutes of prep time and 15 minutes to simmer on the stove. The heady concoction is a mix of dry red wine, brandy, and cloves.
Mulled Red Wine With Pear
Dress up an average bottle of red wine with this classic mulled wine recipe by Playful Cooking. It calls for cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, and pear for a warm, comforting fireside drink.
Mulled Red Wine With Pomegranate
This drink is all about the garnish. Combine the aromatic ingredients including malbec, cinnamon, and honey with pomegranate juice, and garnish with a slice of orange and fresh pomegranate seeds on a skewer.
Apple Mulled White Wine
Spiced White Wine Sangria
If you're expecting quite a few guests, this spiced white wine sangria recipe is a surefire crowd pleaser. For added flourish, Teri of Spoon Fork Bacon suggests using a brûlée torch to caramelize each orange slice garnish before serving.
Mulled Wine Syrup
Indulge your sweet tooth by whipping up a batch of this mulled wine syrup by HonestlyYum. Drizzle it over ice cream for a decadent holiday dessert that's just as seasonally appropriate as it is tasty.
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This article was originally posted on December 12, 2016, and has since been updated.