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! 

This wine smells and tastes like Christmas in a mug! 

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 a version of mulled wine. Glühwein (Germany), Vin Chaud (France), or Glögg (Sweden) are popular winter beverages at Christmas festivals and open-air markets. In Poland and Russia, hot wine is spiked with Vodka (grzaniec galicyjski).  

The roots of Mulled wine date back to ancient times. Second-century Roman soldiers heated wine to stay warm during frigid winters while ancient Greeks used mulled wine as a way to use wine that did not make the regular harvest.  Hot wine became more popular in the middle ages as a safer alternative to water (during the Black Plague). It became even more popular as a holiday drink in Victorian England, especially during the reign of King Henry III. Remember the Smoking Bishop from Dicken’s A Christmas Carol? That’s right, it’s hot mulled wine. 

Similar to sangria, mulled wine is red or white wine seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and other spices, and slowly heated with fresh fruit and fruit juices, brandy, or other liqueur.

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This version of mulled wine has amaretto liqueur in it, which pairs perfectly with the fruit and mulling spices in the wine.  Amaretto mulled wine is a fantastic way to use the 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 Year’s Eve parties and it is always a crowd favorite!

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Yield: 6-8 cups

Amaretto Mulled Wine

Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 750 oz. Bottle inexpensive white or red wine
  • 1 c. Orange Juice
  • 1 c. Apple Juice
  • ½ c. Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 small apple, cored and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2-3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 Slice Fresh Ginger, skinned
  • 2 Tbsp. Vanilla Bean paste

Instructions

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 two hours, then turn down to warm to keep it warm during parties.  Just before serving
guests, carefully strain out the spices.



Notes

To make it easier to remove the spices, place them in a small square of cheesecloth and secure the top with a rubber band so it looks like a teabag.

if you do not have vanilla paste, use vanilla extract.

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A Few Notes: 

  • 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.
  • Add spices to taste. If you want more cinnamon flavor, add another cinnamon stick or two. Be careful with the whole clove, however, a little goes a long way. 
  • If you do not want to serve the mulled wine piping hot, turn off the slow cooker about 1/2 hour before serving the mulled wine. 
  • If you do not have honey, you can substitute it with brown or coconut sugar. 

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Yield: 6-8 cups

Amaretto Mulled Wine

Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 750 oz. Bottle inexpensive white or red wine
  • 1 c. Orange Juice
  • 1 c. Apple Juice
  • ½ c. Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 small apple, cored and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2-3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 Slice Fresh Ginger, skinned
  • 2 Tbsp. Vanilla Bean paste

Instructions

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 two hours, then turn down to warm to keep it warm during parties.  Just before serving
guests, carefully strain out the spices.



Notes

To make it easier to remove the spices, place them in a small square of cheesecloth and secure the top with a rubber band so it looks like a teabag.

if you do not have vanilla paste, use vanilla extract.

Recommended Products

As a member of various affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Amaretto Mulled Wine3
Yield: 6-8 cups

Amaretto Mulled Wine

Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 750 oz. Bottle inexpensive white or red wine
  • 1 c. Orange Juice
  • 1 c. Apple Juice
  • ½ c. Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 small apple, cored and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2-3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 Slice Fresh Ginger, skinned
  • 2 Tbsp. Vanilla Bean paste

Instructions

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 two hours, then turn down to warm to keep it warm during parties.  Just before serving
guests, carefully strain out the spices.



Notes

To make it easier to remove the spices, place them in a small square of cheesecloth and secure the top with a rubber band so it looks like a teabag.

if you do not have vanilla paste, use vanilla extract.

Recommended Products

As a member of various affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

 

 

Amaretto Mulled Wine3
Yield: 6-8 cups

Amaretto Mulled Wine

Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 750 oz. Bottle inexpensive white or red wine
  • 1 c. Orange Juice
  • 1 c. Apple Juice
  • ½ c. Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 small apple, cored and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2-3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 Slice Fresh Ginger, skinned
  • 2 Tbsp. Vanilla Bean paste

Instructions

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 two hours, then turn down to warm to keep it warm during parties.  Just before serving
guests, carefully strain out the spices.



Notes

To make it easier to remove the spices, place them in a small square of cheesecloth and secure the top with a rubber band so it looks like a teabag.

if you do not have vanilla paste, use vanilla extract.

Recommended Products

As a member of various affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

 

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