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 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.
This version has amaretto in it, which pairs perfectly with the fruit and 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.) I make a batch of this in the slow cooker every year for Christmas or New Years Eve parties–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.
- 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
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.
*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.
Twelve Days of Christmas Cocktails
First Day of Christmas cocktail: Gingered Pear Margarita
Second Day of Christmas cocktail: Bourbon Caramel Turtle Milkshake
Third Day of Christmas cocktail: Bergamot Ruby French 75
Fourth Day of Christmas cocktail: Raspberry Snowtini
Fifth Day of Christmas cocktail: Golden Rings Cocktail
Sixth Day of Christmas cocktail: Eggnog Old Fashioned
Seventh Day of Christmas cocktail: Christmas Swan Cocktail
Eighth Day of Christmas cocktail: Espresso Milk Punch Cocktail
Ninth Day of Christmas cocktail: Mandarin Fig Brandy Cocktail
Tenth Day of Christmas cocktail: The Bruery Ten Lords-A-Leaping Ale