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Crockpot Cooking: Spiced Wine Hot or Cold

Updated on July 14, 2011
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Depending where you are from spiced wine maybe referred to as mulled wine and is often served during the holidays in the fall and winter only. However, Crockpot Cooking: Spiced Wine Hot or Cold will explore a variety of recipes including one that allows guests to enjoy this wonderful beverage in the summer months, as well.

Just imagine it’s summertime and you are under a tree in a hammock with a cool breeze blowing, and a great looking waiter/waitress comes by to serve you a nice beverage while music is playing in the background. Now that the mood has been established, sit back, and have a little red, red wine (online of course) while you are reading this hub...

Red, red wine...

Different Names, Places, and Ways

The base ingredient for spiced wine is red wine however; the spice and flavors can be completely different throughout the world. In Germany it is called Glühwein and is usually prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with citrus, cinnamon sticks, cloves, sugar, and vanilla pods. Glühwein can be served alone or mixed with rum or liqueur and then termed mit Schuss. The French call it vin chaud which means “hot wine.”

The Republic of Moldova the name is izvar and it is made with black pepper and honey. In Romania the base ingredient can be red or white wine, sometimes it peppercorns are added and it is called boiled wine or vin fiert. I believe the British call it mulled wine preferring to use port or claret wine and the spices are usually cinnamon or mace, cloves, grated nutmeg. So as one can see spiced wine is enjoyed throughout the world.

Health Benefits of Drinking Red Wine – ‘Resveratrol’

Wine loving people in the Mediterranean region, where wine has been enjoyed for centuries, suffer 2/3 less heart attacks that Americans do. A study of 2700 people performed in 2009 revealed that the men who had one to two drinks of wine a day had 4 percent more bone density; and women gained 5 to 8 percent bone density.

Wine can improve digestion; helps one to relax, and is a rich source of antioxidants. Red wine contains iron that assists oxygen transport in the body, and contains polyphenols that protect cell membranes and is anti-inflammatory.

Resveratrol, found in grape skins and seeds, increases HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) prevents blood clotting, and reduces blood vessel damage caused by fat deposits. Resveratrol has been shown to inhibit growth of tumors in animals, and inhibit growth of cancer cells in lab cultures. However, one must drink in moderation in order to receive the health benefits. Most doctors generally will suggest one glass a day for women and two glasses for men.

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Served Hot versus Cold

Some people it seems are never bothered by the temperatures outside and can drink hot beverages any time of the year. Until a few years ago you would never see me drinking anything hot in the summer because it makes one sweat more than drinking something cool. Then I learned the great benefits of black tea and have been drinking hot beverages ever since.

There is an old wives’ tale that states, “An individual should drink hot drinks in the summer to cool off.” My research finding is that taking in account the laws of thermodynamics, a hot drink will make you sweat more and increase the cooling of your body. Nonetheless, the amount of extra cooling will not be enough to offset the “heating-up caused from drinking the hot beverage in the first place. Nevertheless, several of my readers and I agree that drinking hot liquids will eventually make an individual feel cooler based on our personally experiences.


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MG’s Version of Spiced Wine

2 bottles medium bodied red wine (750 ml bottle ea)

2 to 3 oranges (can apples or lemons instead)

3 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

½ cup sugar

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 cup Armagnac, brandy or cognac (optional)

Instructions - Combine all ingredients in a 3 to 5 quart crockpot slow cooker and stir well.  Cover and cook on high for 1 to 2 hours or on low for 4 to 5 hours. 

Serving Hot:

 Once the spiced wine has finished cooking; let the spices and wine blend for at least 5 minutes prior to serving hot. 

Serving Cold:

Let spiced wine mixture cool prior to pouring into a carafe then refrigerate, or chill in an ice bucket.  Slice more oranges or a different fruit for garnish if you like, and serve cold.

Ending Note..

A personal experience: Two years ago my sister’s cholesterol was really high and she was instructed by her doctor to drink a glass a red wine daily along with a drug previously prescribed. Within a year her cholesterol dropped from being extremely high to normal, she is now taking on half of the prescribed drug, and looking forward to the day that it is no longer needed. Although my cholesterol has never been high, I consulted with my doctor and got the go ahead to drink a glass of wine daily as well because high cholesterol can be hereditary.

In the past I would have had an occasional drink for the holidays only; but, for the benefits stated above, I have been drinking about 4 to 6 ounces of wine almost daily. If you are on medications then you must consult with a physician before drinking wine even in moderation. This concludes Crockpot Cooking: Spiced Wine Hot or Cold; and I hope you are now convinced that this wonderful beverage can now be served both hot and cold. Here is the final link to more Crock Pot Beverage Recipes that your family and friends can enjoy.

I would appreciate if you leave a comment, rate it, share it, and/or Digg it. Thanks You!

Namaste’

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    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      plumbing 

      7 years ago

      A great winter drinking alternative to hot toddy's and brandy is hot spiced wine. This authentic Oktoberfest drink will be a hit with friends and keep everyone warm.

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hi Sunnyglitter, well wishes for your new baby and I hope you do try making spiced wine in your crockpot. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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      Sunnyglitter 

      8 years ago from Cyberspace

      I never knew you could make wine in a crockpot! I'm going to try this when I'm not pregnant.

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks :)

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      spice racks 

      8 years ago

      Those are good wine! nice hub

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by for a read BK! I appreciate your support and kind comments. :)

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oh this is so fabulous! Your crockpot recipes are so new and creative - thanks so much. I will certainly try this. Looks delish!

      I plan to bookmark several of your crockpot hubs. Rated up and more, of course!

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Martin V 

      8 years ago

      great hub!

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @TattoGuy - It's funny how wine and other liquors affects, different individuals. I know an Italian woman that drinks a half to a full bottle of wine every night and has no intentions of drinking less. Go figure! Glad you've decided to drink in moderation. Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @stephhicks68 - Hi Steph, I have found some nice red wines that I enjoy. One day would love to travel, write, and explore the different kinds of wines globally. Thanks for the read and comments. :)

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      TattoGuy 

      8 years ago

      Another great MG hub, I was drinking 2 bottles of red wine at the weekend and 1 during the week, that gave me my heart attack, now I just drink in moderation, I have cut one bottle out, good hub ; )

    • stephhicks68 profile image

      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I love drinking wine (its my favorite adult beverage) and am excited to try these suggestions for spiced wine. Yum!

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hi Hypno, thanks for sharing that bit of information about the culture of Italy. Thanks for the ratings. :)

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      Andrew 

      8 years ago from Italy

      Here in Italy we usually drink plain wine most of the times, but this recipe is definitely something that should be tried. Very interesting hub Money Glitch, rated up, useful and stumbled. :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @katiem1 - Hi, katiem your enthusiasm about the aromas makes me want to prepare some spiced wine right now. I had forgotten how great it smells; it has been a while since I've prepared any. Normally, just turn up the bottle of red wine and drink away. Just kidding! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by. :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @prasetio30 - Hi Prasetio, thanks for stopping by for a read and commenting. If you drink remember to do so in moderation. :)

      @Pamela99 - Hi Pamela, thanks for the bookmarking and I hope you enjoy!

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @oceansnsunsets - Yes, I'm beginning to think that initially it might make an individual hotter, but once the body starts cooling back down it does seem to make you feel cooler. Thanks for sharing your story. :)

      @anglnwu - Hi anglnwu, MG is fine! :) I agree with you, I've had a couple of hot cups of coffee and tea last week and I felt hot for about an hour, but then felt cooler. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Money Glitch, This is fantastic and I can smell the crockpot cooking with simmering spiced wine now... :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Money Glitch, I have never had spiced wine but would like to try it. I'm bookmarking this page for the future. Thanks for the recipes.

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      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      You made me thirsty, my friend. Thanks for share this recipes. Good information from you. Prasetio :)

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      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      MG ( i believed that's how you want to be called--given that you've a version of the wine), I love this hub. I'm one of those who drink hot drinks no matter the temperature and I agree that it actually cools you in the end. Great job!

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      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Moneyglitch, great hub! Interesting, about the hot drinks in hot summertime.. Years ago in Phoenix, my son was craving a hot chocolate from starbucks, and we all got smoothies next door. At first we thought he was crazy, but it wasn't a bad idea after all. Thanks for sharing

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @samsons1- Thanks so much Samson, I'm glad that you are enjoying this series. Appreciate all your support. :)

      @nifty@50 - LOL! Within the last couple of years, I've learned to enjoy coffee in the summer time, I learned a secret. Sit up under a blowing fan while you enjoy that hot cup of joe. It works everytime. Hehehe! Thanks for your support nifty! :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Nellieanna - LOL, thanks Nellieanna, I like to lighten up and create a fun hub every now and then. This one was fun because while getting my thoughts together, the red red wine song came to mind and everything else just fell into place.

      Yes, it does seem like it's gping to be a hot one this summer and everyone will be looking for ways to cool off. Thanks for the read and sharing your thoughts. :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @psychicdog.net - Hey Psychic, Some people don't like red wine cold, so the idea of drinking spiced wine cold does not appeal to them. I like it however, because I prefer a lot of red wines chilled anyways. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      I think that a good hot drink on a cold day can be just as good a a cold one on a hot day! Any drink that has brandy or cognac really gets the blood pumping again! I like a good cup of coffee any time. Many a time I have been stuck in cold weather without a St. Bernard in sight! LOL! Voted up & useful!

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      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      rated up & beautiful! always enjoy reading your hubs, you put yourself into them and make them beatiful...

      thanks Money Glitch, I've really enjoyed your hubs this week.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Now, MG, this is not only an informative and very convincing article, but your humour and wit presenting it makes even one with the word "crockpot" in the title come to life and jump off the page!

      I'm really convinced that making spiced wine this way is absolutely the answer to making it in any weather but definitely in hot weather when normally it would be the very last thing I'd consider making or drinking then. I may have to get a crockpot yet! And I may have to go back and capture all your crockpot recipes and ideas when I do!

      Thanks for this. It's really really good!

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      psychicdog.net 

      8 years ago

      Never had it cold - that's a new one for me.

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