Slow Cooker Spiced Wine with Oranges and Cranberries

It’s time to bring out the big guns for your New Year’s party.  And by big guns, I mean big on flavor, big on appeal and big on festive cheer.  This recipe for slow cooker spiced wine with oranges and cranberries is the perfect way to ring in the New Year at our house and is a great addition to my collection of party time crock pot recipes.

This slow cooker spiced wine has the most amazing flavor. It is perfect for those nights when the cold is nipping at your nose. #HolidayHoneyGranules #ad @TateLyleSugarUS

This type of wine is also known as mulled wine and is a common way to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day.

Treat your New Year’s guests to this slow cooker spiced wine recipe for some celebratory cheer!

My daughter visits for the holidays each year, and one of our favorite things to do is have movie nights and share our favorite wine and cocktail recipes

I thought it would be fun to spice things up a bit this year with Tate + Lyle Honey Granules in a slow cooker version.  Just look at all these goodies that will go into the recipe.

Ingredients for spiced wine recipe

Dontcha just love a slow cooker during the holidays?  Everything goes in, the house smells wonderful while it cooks and you can tend to other pressing things, knowing that the end result will be BRILLIANT!!

This slow cooker spiced wine has the most amazing flavor. It is perfect for those nights when the cold is nipping at your nose. #HolidayHoneyGranules #ad

So gather up those ingredients.  With all this great stuff that will go into my crock pot, how can it not be good?  Instead of using honey, which is sticky and kind of messy, I am using Tate+Lyle Honey Granules.

I used these Honey Granules to make my glazed apple cake earlier this year and it was a huge hit!  The honey granules  are a free-flowing blend of pure cane sugar and honey. They are deliciously sweet and a neater way to add honey flavor to all your holiday recipes.

One thing I LOVE about this recipe is that there is no need for an expensive bottle of wine. The spices and honey granules are what make the taste so great, so go ahead and NOT splurge on the wine or cider.  And the recipe only needs 1/4 cup of brandy, so it is very inexpensive to make overall!

Some of the key players in this recipe are a wonderful blend of not often used spices.  For this recipe, it was fresh ginger, whole cloves, whole star anise and cardamom pods

These spices combine with the wine, honey granules and fresh fruit and cranberries to give you a drink that is TO-DIE-FOR!!  (in a good way….) And I am in ‘luv with the way the honey granules avoid a sticky mess for me!

Honey granules and some great spices make this wine a holiday treat

Everything goes into the crock pot for a few hours and then it gets a good stir. I ask you…What could be easier? 

The perfect recipe for those busy December days leading up to New Year’s Eve.

add the honey granules to the spiced wine

The spiced wine cooks on low for a few hours and it makes the house smell amazing. You will know it is done when the cranberries start to become tender.  What a perfect recipe to make before your holiday party. 

Holiday spiced wine

The guests will be blown away when they enter the house!   Not having a party?  Just take the whole crock pot out to a gathering that one of your friends is having and share it with their holiday guests. What a fun housewarming present it would make!
spiced wine in the slow cooker

The spiced wine is served piping hot, with a wonderful aroma of the cloves, star anise, ginger and fruit.

It has a wonderful sweet/tart thing going on with the oranges, honey granules and cranberries and is just perfect for those nights when the Jack Frost is nipping at your nose. It will warm your guests to the coreThis slow cooker spiced wine has the most amazing flavor. It is perfect for those nights when the cold is nipping at your nose. #HolidayHoneyGranules #ad

Serve the slow cooker spiced wine in decorative holiday glasses, mugs or even Mason jar cups like these. 

They set the mood for the party in a big way.  And don’t forget to garnish the individual servings with whole star anise, sliced oranges and some cinnamon sticks. 

Nothing quite says Christmas like the look of whole cinnamon sticks in my book.

This slow cooker spiced wine has the most amazing flavor. It is perfect for those nights when the cold is nipping at your nose. #HolidayHoneyGranules #ad

This is the first year that I have made slow cooker spiced wine and after the reception that it got, I just know that it will become my favorite drink to serve at all the holiday parties to come.

This slow cooker spiced wine has the most amazing flavor. It is perfect for those nights when the cold is nipping at your nose. #HolidayHoneyGranules #ad

The Tate+Lyle® Honey Granules that I used in this recipe can be used in so many holiday recipes.  They can be a substitute for granulated sugar in any recipe and it adds a touch of exquisite honey flavor.

The conversion ratio is 1 cup of Tate+Lyle Honey Granules + ¼ cup additional liquid to recipe. To avoid the sticky mess, but still taste the delicious flavor of honey, you can find Tate+Lyle® Honey Granules at a Walmart store near you.

Steamy hot spiced wine has been warming cold hands and hearts and celebrating the holiday spirit for centuries. Isn’t it time that some this scrumptious party drink makes it way into your home?

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Slow Cooker Spiced Wine with Oranges and Cranberries

Slow Cooker Spiced Wine with Oranges and Cranberries

This recipe for slow cooker spiced wine with oranges and cranberries is the perfect way to ring in the New Year at our house and is a great addition to my collection of party time crock pot recipes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (choose an in expensive fruity wine that is not too sweet. I used a Merlot for my recipe )
  • 1/4 cup Tate and Lyle Honey Granules
  • 2 oranges, zested and juiced
  • 2 cups sparkling apple cider
  • 1 (1 inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 cup of whole cranberries, washed and picked through

To Garnish:

  • Orange slices
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Star Anise pods
  • Cranberries


  1. Add the red wine, cider, honey granules, orange zest, cranberries and orange juice to a large slow cooker. Stir to combine well.
  2. Mix in the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and star anise. Cook on low until warm, about 2 hours, until the cranberries are getting tender. Time will depend on your slow cooker. Once the cranberries are soft, stir in the brandy and cover while you continue heating on low.
  3. Spoon the spiced wine into mason jar mugs or festive glasses, and serve with a star anise, an orange slice and cinnamon sticks. Be sure to add the soft cranberries in each glass.
  4. To keep the spiced wine warm during your holiday gathering, either leave the slow cooker on the "keep warm" setting or alternate between the "low" and off setting during your party.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/6th of the recipe

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 3gSugar: 61gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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  30 comments for “Slow Cooker Spiced Wine with Oranges and Cranberries

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    12/19/2015 at 1:09 pm

    That sounds wonderful. I host Christmas dinner every year and I think I am going to try this. I am sure it will be a huge hit.

    • Carol
      12/21/2015 at 10:55 am

      I have made it twice this year and plan to do it again this week. My daughter loves it!

  2. 12/19/2015 at 2:41 pm

    I’m not really one for spiced Wine, although it does look very festive my mum would love it.

    • Carol
      12/21/2015 at 10:55 am

      My husband had the same comment but he loved this one. Normally spiced wine is sweet but the cranberries made it quite tart. We all loved it.

  3. 12/19/2015 at 4:57 pm

    We always go to the Christkindle Market in Chicago for their red wine glug–but this recipe looks even better! And it would let me stay in my warm jammies and out of the cold!

    • Carol
      12/21/2015 at 10:56 am

      Sounds just like what we did!

  4. 12/19/2015 at 7:23 pm

    This sounds like such a fun, delicious drink that’s perfect for holiday parties. I love that it’s made in the slow cooker. I use the slow cooker all the time during this time of year.

    • Carol
      12/21/2015 at 10:56 am

      My husband smelled it the minute he walked in the door. Love my slow cooker!

  5. 12/20/2015 at 10:35 pm

    One of our friends made apple cider this way in a crockpot and it was good, but this looks like it tastes way better! Yum!

    • Carol
      12/21/2015 at 10:56 am

      It really is very good.

  6. 12/20/2015 at 11:05 pm

    This could turn into a lovely annual tradition. It’s so festive, pretty and bound to be delicious! I want to make some this week.

    • Carol
      12/21/2015 at 10:57 am

      It comes together in a flash. Super easy recipe.

  7. 12/20/2015 at 11:14 pm

    I love the idea of making spiced wine in the crock pot like this!! I have never seen the honey granules before, my wife would love them for her smoothies!

    • Carol
      12/21/2015 at 10:57 am

      I use them all the time in place of honey. Cuts out the sticky mess and they keep well.

  8. 12/21/2015 at 1:38 am

    This looks so good! I’ve never made spiced wine before, but I do something very similar in the slow cooker with apple cider.

    • Carol
      12/21/2015 at 10:57 am

      That sounds great too!

  9. NYC SingleMom
    12/21/2015 at 6:26 am

    Darn, I just hosted my annual christmas party. This would have perfect. I love the slow cooker idea of it as well. On less thing to worry about. Definitely bookmarking this for next year.

    • Carol
      12/21/2015 at 10:58 am

      After tasting it, I think I’ll make it right through the winter. Not just a holiday drink!

  10. Heather lawrence
    12/21/2015 at 9:31 am

    Yummy! This looks like it would be delicious to drink.
    Do you have a substitution for the red wine? My father in law gets wicked migraines if he drinks red wine but I know he would love to have a glass of this.

    • Carol
      12/21/2015 at 10:59 am

      Hi Heather. I’ve only made it with red wine. One thing I did notice though is that I drank quite a bit of it and did not get a buzz like I normally do with red wine. A lot of the alcohol volume cooks out. Perhaps it might not give him a headache. I think you could make it with white wine too, or even cranberry juice.

  11. 12/21/2015 at 10:36 am

    Wow, I didn’t know you can create your own wine. This sounds delicious and easy to prepare.

    • Carol
      12/21/2015 at 11:00 am

      We really loved it at our house.

  12. 12/21/2015 at 6:21 pm

    Mmmm, this sounds and looks incredible. I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing.

    • Carol
      12/22/2015 at 4:11 pm

      I hope you enjoy it!

  13. Echo
    12/21/2015 at 7:13 pm

    I love having a pot of mulled, spiced wine on the stove! So warm and delicious! I usually use orange and clove!

    • Carol
      12/22/2015 at 4:12 pm

      I do normally. This is the first time I added the cranberries and love the way it turned out.

  14. Marie
    12/21/2015 at 7:25 pm

    This looks perfect for this festive season! I’m going to gather the ingredients, I can’t wait to try this.

    • Carol
      12/22/2015 at 4:12 pm

      We loved it and I’ve made it twice so far!

  15. 12/23/2015 at 7:25 am

    I love that this uses honey instead of sugar! I will definitely try out this recipe!

    • Carol
      12/24/2015 at 11:52 am

      I’m trying to keep my sugar intake down. I love using honey granules instead of normal sugar.

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