Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Mulled Cherry Wine #recipe by Mia P. Manansala @MPMtheWriter

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope the beginning of 2022 is treating you well, and if not, I've got a wonderfully warming, cozy, boozy recipe to share with you today, so you can sip your cares away.

I first made this recipe for my small family Christmas gathering and it was so easy and went so well with the charcuterie and cheese board my brother and his fiancée brought, I had to make it again for the new year. You can simmer this on the stovetop if you don't have a slowcooker, but I love the "set it and forget it" ease of a slowcooker, plus the "Keep Warm" setting ensures each mug is nice and hot.

Mug of mulled cherry wine resting on a charcuterie board

Mulled Cherry Wine Recipe


  • 1 bottle of cherry wine (a little on the tart side is best)
  • Several whole cloves OR a few dashes of ground cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick OR a few dashes of ground cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar
  • Juice from 1/2 lime OR 2 - 4 TBSP bottled lime juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice


  1. Put all the ingredients in a slowcooker.
  2. Stir everything together until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
  3. Cover and set the slowcooker to LOW for 2 - 4 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
Cast of characters: sugar, star anise, ground cloves, cinnamon sticks, lime juice, cherry wine, pineapple juice

Sorry for the lack of process shots, but it's all done in the slowcooker and simple enough that I didn't think to take a picture.

Are you a fan of mulled wine? I'm rather new to the world of hot alcoholic drinks, but I'm quite enjoying them! Let me know your faves in the comments.

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  1. Cherry wine isn't one I've run across.
    Mulled wine, however, is quite pleasant on a cool evening. (Here in south Florida that means having the a/c on! But then it usually is!)

  2. Hi Mia, I like mulled wine in the winter. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. You had me at cherry! Perfect suggestion for a cold day cocktail.