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Mulled Merlot

This mulled wine recipe is sure to warm up your holiday guests! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 4 cinnamon sticks (3 inches each)
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 bottles (750 ml each) merlot
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 medium orange, thinly sliced
  • Optional: Orange wedges and cinnamon sticks


  • Place cinnamon sticks and cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag.
  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the wine, sugar, orange juice, brandy and orange slices. Add spice bag. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour or until heated through. Discard spice bag and orange slices. Serve warm; if desired, garnish with orange wedges and additional cinnamon sticks.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 143 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Ramesses
    Dec 31, 2017

    We were given a bottle of Merlot, normally we do not drink Merlot. However when we saw this recipe, we thought we wold give it a try. It was really good, The thing we did was increase the sugar, orange juice and brandy. that did the trick, It was wonderful. plus it made our house smell wonderful.

  • leosuser
    Jul 12, 2012


  • HopeKelly
    Jan 2, 2011

    Was looking for a warm drink for ringing in the new year at below freezing temperatures. This treat was a hit at our party and kept everyone toasty! The first sip is a powerful one, though, even using the fruitier ruby port!