Slow Cooker Damson Mulled Wine

This recipe originated from the BBC Good Food 101 Slow cooker favourites but I didn’t have any sloe gin and my neighbour kindly offered me some Damson Gin.  I’ve never seen a Sloe berry or Damson, but according to Google ‘Damsons are about twice the size of sloes and usually sweet enough to eat, like a plum, sloes are very sour and dry and if you eat them the inside of your mouth will shrivel up and fall out.’


  • 2 bottles of red wine
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise
  • 8 cloves
  • 4 strips lemon zest, use a potato peeler
  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • 200 ml of Damson Gin (could easily substitute slow gin)


Pour all the ingredients in the slow cooker, mix and cook on High for 2 hours or 4 hours on Low.  Perfect for this time of year.