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! Serve alongside Christmas cookies or a yule log cake.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
Wait… have I seriously not mentioned anything about the fact that this is made in an Instant Pot(aff link) 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 a couple weeks ago.
I’ve been mulling over what recipe to post first (GET IT?) and decided this was perfect. No muss, no fuss, and if you don’t have an Instant Pot this is just as easy to make on the stove top.
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.
When serving, I like to add 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 recommend notdiscarding those and having a snack.
After you’ve made this recipe, please leave a comment below with a rating – and if you came from Pinterest, add a photo to the Pin of what you make to the pin to share your experience!
The coziest of holiday drinks, mulled wine (or glühwein) is super easy to make in an Instant Pot(aff link) or on the stovetop and makes for a perfectly spiced, warm Christmas drink!
1 750 mL bottle of a full bodied red wine (Shiraz,Cabernet, Merlot, or Malbec are all good options)
8 ounces brandy
1 apple (any kind), thinly sliced
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon granulated sugar or honey
1 tablespoon mulling spices*
*If you don’t have pre-made mulling spices, add:
1 more cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Pinch of nutmeg
1 tablespoon dried or fresh orange peel
Combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot and set to cook at high pressure for 1 minute.
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(aff link) before serving.
Serve with orange slices, apple slices, cinnamon sticks, and/or star anise and enjoy!
Don’t have an Instant Pot(aff link)? 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(aff link), if desired, and serve.
Can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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
Sunday 22nd of December 2019
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 :)
Thursday 31st of October 2019
How long does it last?
Friday 1st of November 2019
Thanks for your question! I would say up to three days.
Chef Markus Mueller
Monday 10th of December 2018
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!
Sam | Ahead of Thyme
Monday 10th of December 2018
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!!
Sunday 9th of December 2018
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!