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The Best Instant Pot Mulled Wine (Glühwein)

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5 from 15 votes

The coziest of holiday drinks, the best mulled wine (or glühwein) is super easy to make in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop and makes for a perfectly spiced, warm Christmas drink! Serve alongside Christmas cookies or a yule log cake.

Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

Have you ever had glühwein? If you've hung around with any Germans around the holidays, I bet you have. And if you hang around with Nordic folk, you may have heard it called glögg. 

And if neither of those rings a bell, I'm sure you've heard of mulled wine. Think of it like winter's sangria.

Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

It's probably my favorite part about Christkindlmarkt. When I lived in Illinois, I used to go to the one in Chicago every year (after I turned 21, of course) and my first stop was always to get glühwein.

Followed immediately by bratwurst, stuffed pretzels and marzipan candy.

Zero chill or control.

Leslie in a Christmas market in Chicago

The scent of mulled wine is so damn comforting. There's something about this particular combination of spices being warmed with red wine that just makes everything cozy.

The aroma fills the house and becomes this amazing natural air freshener that requires no plugins or chemicals. Sure, it fades eventually, but that just means you'll need to make more mulled wine.

OH DARN. WHATEVER SHALL WE DO.

Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

I always like to make things from scratch, I also like to make things easier when I can. This is where a spice blend from a local farm comes in super handy!

I highly recommend having a tin of mulling spices on hand so that you can throw together a batch of mulled wine at a moment's notice when guests stop by.

I know we live in a time now when people stopping by unexpectedly causes the urge to turn off all the lights and hide in the closet until they leave, but let's shove that deep down and welcome people into our homes this holiday season, shall we?! 

Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

This batch was made with a tablespoon of fresh mulling spices from Soluna Garden Farm in Massachusetts. We've gotten spices from them before at their stall at the Boston Public Market (one of our favorite places to shop local), and they're absolutely delightful. Their mulling spices are no exception.

Don't have a local vendor nearby? Your grocery store will likely have something in the coffee/tea aisle, so mosey over there and give it a look.

Is mulled wine different from red wine?

It is! While mulled wine does taste like red wine, the overall flavor profile is changed by heating and “mulling” that wine with some sugar and spices, like star anise, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.

Instant Pot Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

Making mulled wine in an Instant Pot

Wait… have I seriously not mentioned anything about the fact that this is made in an Instant Pot yet?! Good grief, Charlie Brown.

So, this is my first Instant Pot recipe on the blog because a friend was kind enough to gift Bill and I with one at our wedding shower/housewarming party.

I'd been mulling over what recipe to post first (GET IT?) and decided this was perfect. No muss, no fuss.

What if I don't have an Instant Pot?

Not a problem – if you don't have an Instant Pot this is just as easy to make on the stove top in a saucepan. Homemade mulled wine isn't IP exclusive!

In a large saucepan on your stovetop, combine all ingredients and simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes – don't let it boil! Alcohol will start to evaporate over around 170°F.

Use a fine mesh sieve to strain, if desired, and serve.

Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

Mulled wine ingredients

For this easy mulled wine recipe, you're going to need:

  • A high quality, full bodied red wine (Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, or Malbec are all good options) whose flavor can stand up to being heated
  • Brandy
  • Apple
  • Star anise
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Black peppercorns
  • Granulated sugar or honey
  • Mulling spices

But if you don't have mulling spices handy, you'll add:

  • Another cinnamon stick
  • Whole cloves
  • Allspice
  • Nutmeg
  • Dried or fresh orange peel

What is “Glühwein mit Schuss”?

I'm a big fan of drinking glühwein mit Schuss, which means that I add another liquor to the mix. My personal favorite is brandy, but you could experiment with your favorite rum as well.

Serving mulled wine

When serving, I like to garnish each mug with a couple orange slices to mine and call it a day, but you can add cinnamon sticks, fresh cranberries, star anise, apple slices… really, whatever you want. 

Also, quick note: Those apple slices that were in the pot with everything? They become these ridiculously delicious boozy apple slices. I highly recommend not discarding those and having a snack.

How to store mulled wine

Any leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

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Instant Pot Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

4.74 from 15 votes
The coziest of holiday drinks, mulled wine (or glühwein) is super easy to make in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop and makes for a perfectly spiced, warm Christmas drink!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 drinks

Ingredients
 

*If you don't have pre-made mulling spices, add:

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot and set to cook at high pressure for 1 minute.
    1 750 mL (751 mL) bottle of a full bodied red wine
    8 ounces (226 ⅘ g) brandy
    1 apple
    2 star anise
    1 cinnamon stick
    1 teaspoon black peppercorns
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar or honey
    1 tablespoon mulling spices*
    1 more cinnamon stick
    1 teaspoon whole cloves
    1/2 teaspoon (½ teaspoon) ground allspice
    Pinch of nutmeg
    1 tablespoon dried or fresh orange peel
  • Note: When you set your IP to cook, it will have a preheating period and then will automatically begin to cook at the time you set when it's ready.
  • Using an oven mitt, carefully turn steam valve to release all the pressure.
  • If you prefer not to have the spices and apple slices in your drink, just pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve before serving.
  • Serve with orange slices, apple slices, cinnamon sticks, and/or star anise and enjoy!

Notes

  • Don't have an Instant Pot? In a large pot on your stovetop, combine all ingredients and simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes (don't let it boil!). Use fine mesh sieve, if desired, and serve.
  • Can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe created by Leslie Kiszka

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23 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was so easy and so delicious!! In response to Paul’s comment below, it does take longer to release the pressure than I expected, and it does have far more steam than I would think optimal, so I was concerned as well. However, it was so delicious and a huge hit. Even my “I only drink beer” friend asked for seconds. It’s not as boozy as when I make Glogg in the slow cooker, but it’s still got a nice gentle warming effect. And it is soooooooo easy. Like, you literally put everything in and follow the instructions exactly. And you are done. Couldn’t be easier.

    A few potential suggestions. I did assist the pressure release valve to go a bit faster by gently pulling on it. Make sure you use the quick release!! If you don’t, you’ll have Paul’s situation below. Also, I did double the recipe (I might triple next time) and added some dried cranberries to make it more Glogg-like, and it worked out well. And I added more sugar, to taste, after releasing the steam. You can really customize the sweetness this way. Next time, I think I will try some kind of spice sachet.

    Thank you, Leslie, for making this wonderful recipe that super simplifies this holiday tradition!

      1. 5 stars
        Coming back again to update review! We made this again with the spices tied into a piece of cheesecloth and it worked perfectly! We also added some port, which was super delicious. This is truly the easiest thing in the world to make, and it’s so fast!! Thank you again, Leslie! This is officially our favorite holiday drink.

  2. 1 star
    DO NOT DO THIS IN AN INSTANT POT. It takes FOREVER for it to cool down enough to remove the lid without all the evaporated alcohol floating away. And by that point, all the spices are wayyy over extracted. Big fail.

  3. 5 stars
    Forgive me my English is not good. My family is German and this is what we drink every winter. You make it with granulated sugar but not brown sugar, why is that? In America I have found the best wine so far is called 19 Crimes red blend. It is exactly what we South Germans (I hope that makes sense) drink almost. I also read you use allspice which is what we use. You have a good recipe. Try the wine and brown sugar. A hint of advice. Do not listen to people who use kardamom (same as English I think), they are nords I will try the apples but will not tell oma

    1. It’s funny that you mention brown sugar, because I actually do use them interchangeably when I make this (just depending on what I have on hand)! And I COMPLETELY agree on the cardamom. Thank you for coming to leave a comment and a rating, I greatly appreciate it! And for the record, your english is great :)

  4. This brings me right back to my childhood! The one time of the year us kids could have ‘wine’…my dad would make a batch of it and then we’d all sit around, decorate the tres, and sing Christmas songs. Recipes like this that invoke childhood memories are simply the best!

  5. This drink looks so festive! It’s so creative that you used an instant pot to make this, I have never heard of that. ! don’t drink but I have a few friends who would love to check out this recipe, sending over the link to them now!!

  6. 5 stars
    This is my kind of drink! We happen to have mulling spices, so you bet we’ll be making this recipe this holiday season! Thanks Leslie!

  7. 5 stars
    I love that you used an Instant Pot to make this! I would have never thought to do that! I’ve never had mulled wine -looking forward to trying this!

  8. 5 stars
    I have heard the Instant Pot is great at making drinks. I just got one and I have been searching for recipes to make for the holiday season. This will be perfect for our family Christmas party!

  9. I have to say I never thought about the instant pot for a mulled wine. What a great idea. When I think if thus warmed drink my body relaxes and the memory of that amazing aroma of wine mulling with all those spices brings me back to the Christmas Spirit. Great idea.
    Cheers!

  10. 5 stars
    LOVE the idea of the boozy apple slices! It’s like a snack and a drink in one bite :) I’ve never tried mulled wine, but it certainly looks like a very warm and comforting drink. I’ll have to give it a try

  11. 5 stars
    There is nothing cosier or more festive than a glass of mulled wine. I love wandering around the Christmas markets with a glass of this, it’s the perfect way to spend a few hours. I love your recipe and how cool that you can make it in an instant pot will have to try this x

  12. 5 stars
    This looks party perfect. The guests can help themselves all night long. Perfect for the holiday season. CHEERS!! Love ALL the flavours happening in that pot.