Warm Apple Cinnamon Spiced Wine is the perfect drink for a cold night! If you’re looking for a tasty beverage with the flavors of apple, cinnamon, spices, and wine, this wintertime favorite will warm you right up!
The other day, I was seriously craving a warm, cozy drink that had a little bit of a kick to it. I instantly thought of the classic, mulled wine, BUT, I also wanted the cinnamon and apple flavors of mulled apple cider. I decided to merge them together into a hybrid holiday drink and the result was exactly what I was looking for!
Warm Apple Cinnamon Spiced Wine has the festive flavors of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and orange peel found in mulled wine, but it also has warm, fruity ingredients like apple cider, pieces of apple, red wine, and a little kick from some spiced rum. It’s basically the holidays in a mug!
I made this in my slow cooker so it could simmer on its own unattended, but it could just as easily be made in a pot on the stove. Regardless of your cooking method, one thing is for sure – take the lid off and your home will smell amazing! It just makes me want to curl up with a soft blanket while sipping a mug (or two) of this holiday treat. This is definitely a drink you’ll want to have permeating the air in your home when you have company coming over!
- I didn’t add any sugar to my recipe. For a sweeter drink, add your desired amount of sugar, honey, agave, etc.
- Traditional mulling spices include star of anise. I don’t care for its licorice flavor, so I omitted it.
- I used “Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum” which contains 46% alcohol instead of the traditional 35-40% in other brands.
- 5 cups apple cider
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cloves
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 1 orange
- 1 apple, sliced or diced (optional)
- ½ cup spiced rum
- Add apple cider, wine, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a slow cooker.
- With a fine-tooth grater, grate the exterior of the nutmeg and throw it in the slow cooker when done.
- Peel a clean, washed orange and throw the orange peel in the slow cooker. Cut the peeled orange in half and squeeze the juice into the liquids in the slow cooker.
- Put the lid on and turn to "high" for an hour.
- Reduce the temperature to either "low" or "keep warm", add rum and diced apple, if desired. It can sit with the lid on or off for hours or serve after the rum and apples have been added.