♫On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five gold rings, four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves, & a partridge in a pear tree♫

What’s behind those nine ladies dancing from the classic 12 Days of Christmas carol? It’s the mulled wine. One of our very favorite parts of the season are the festive libations that come with it. Top of the list? This mulled wine recipe that will instantly get you craving a warm fire & a classic Christmas playlist. Mulling spices, orange peel & fresh apple cider make this Christmas cocktail just the thing to get the party started.


  • 1 bottle of fruit forward red wine
  • 3 cups fresh apple cider
  • 4 oranges–1 sliced, 3 juiced
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 star anise
  • 16 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Throw all ingredients into the crockpot & turn on HIGH for 1 hour or until well combined & piping hot. Serve in our shiny Old Kentucky Home: Moscow Mule Mugs for a festive touch!