The most amazing fall and holiday drink! Made in a slow cooker, this delicious mulled wine is wonderfully aromatic and perfect anytime you want to warm up with a hot beverage. Cheers!!
This past weekend it got exceptionally cold for October in Virginia. Between a school fall festival and baseball games, we spent most of Saturday out in the frigid, cold wind. As soon as I got home, I knew I needed something warm and delicious to warm me up after a day in the cold. My Slow Cooker Spiced Mulled Wine completely hit the spot!
To make this glorious Mulled Wine, I used a bottle of this fantastic Susana Balbo Crios Malbec. Just like it states on the bottle, it’s lush with hints of spice, which was a perfect pairing for the spicy notes of cinnamon and anise.
Crios wines are harvested from specific areas in Mendoza and Salta in Argentina, where grapes are optimal for the fruit-forward style of Crios. Crios is a family-owned brand by Susana Balbo, Argentina’s leading and most innovative winemaker. Crios in Spanish means “offspring” and was created by Susana as a tribute to her son, José, and daughter, Ana. Susana’s children have now joined the family business and add their young-adult point of view to the wines that are dedicated to their family bond.
Each of the Crios wines have a background, a story behind them. Each wine carries an inspirational message that also represents either a milestone in Susana’s personal and professional life or the story about how the wine was made. This Malbec’s message is to “Be Brave!” Susana Balbo, Argentina’s leading and most innovative winemaker, was inspired to change the perception of Malbec from a forgotten grape to Argentina’s iconic varietal. Against the odds, Susana bravely created a wine that elevates Malbec to world-class quality full of signature notes of black cherries, oak spice, and violets.
This is truly the perfect bottle of wine for this amazing fall drink. The lush notes along with the hints of spice were perfect to go along with the apple cider, cinnamon and anise in this classic mulled wine cocktail.
I would also recommend pairing this bottle of wine with tuna steak, lamb, and hamburgers, as it’s lush body and hints of spice go wonderfully with the flavors of these meats.
The lush, spicy notes in this Crios Malbec were a perfect fit for my mulled wine! I typically make a yummy mulled wine, or or “Glogg” during the holidays. When I made this Spiced Mulled Wine for my friends last year for our Christmas party, the immediate response was “What smells so good?” followed by “Can I have some?” Even though it’s absolutely perfect for the holidays, this Spiced Mulled Wine is great any time there is a nip in the air. It’s wonderful to come home to after a football game, or after a long night of Trick-or-Treating with the kids. Just take 5 minutes to get your ingredients into the slow cooker, set your slow cooker on low, and when you come home, you’ll have the most amazing hot drink waiting for you!
The amazing aromas of this Spiced Mulled Wine are incredible. Because the slow cooker heats the wine slowly, the spicy notes of cinnamon, anise and fruit come together beautifully with the Malbec. The smells and aromas are incredible, and once you ladle this delicious drink into mugs for your friends and family, the party will officially begin!
You’ll find that the wine colors the apples a beautiful deep red color. I topped off each drink with one of these apple slices, which made for a really pretty garnish! The orange zest also finds its way into the cups, which adds for some pretty accents as well.
I can’t even begin to tell you how warm and comforting this hot drink can be after a cold day. You must experience it for yourself! Here’s the easy recipe for this amazing cold weather cocktail:
- 1 (750 ml) bottle, Crios Malbec Red Wine
- 2 c. apple cider
- 1/4 c. spiced rum
- 3 Tbsp. honey
- zest and juice of 1 orange
- 1 apple, thinly sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 star anise
- In a slow cooker, stir together the wine, cider, rum and honey. Add the orange zest and juice, apple slices, cinnamon sticks and anise, and gently stir to combine. Cover the slow cooker with lid, and heat on low for one hour.
- Ladle the hot wine into mugs and include an apple slice, if desired. Enjoy!
Like Susan Balbo says, lets “look at life differently.” Try something new, maybe step outside your comfort zone. This delicious Spiced Mulled Wine is a great way to do just that! Enjoy! ~Erin
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