Instant Pot Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine is easy to make and perfectly spiced to warm your holidays! Your Instant Pot makes quick work of this cozy holiday drink, perfect for entertaining a crowd.

Two tall glasses of Mulled Wine sitting on a wooden cutting board with mulling spices around the board

Mulled Wine, AKA hot wine, or spiced wine is the simplest of holiday recipes and will have your home smelling like the perfect blend of seasonal spices. This recipe is perfect for serving at a holiday party of friends or family, or for just cozying up on the sofa by the fire.

How to Make Instant Pot Mulled Wine


While you’ll find numerous mulled wine recipes available, the basic ingredients are typically always the same.

  • Wine – I used a cabernet for this recipe, but you are welcome to use your favorite red or white dry wine. This recipe is perfect for using an inexpensive wine option, or even a boxed wine.
  • Brandy – this can be omitted completely if you are not a fan. Bourbon or Cognac are other choices that could be substituted in.
  • Fruit & Citrus – be sure to slice before using. To avoid any bitterness, you can also peel the citrus before adding in
  • Spices – be sure to use whole spices that can be easily strained or removed prior to serving. Star Anise and cinnamon are common spices, but you are also welcome to use fresh cloves or cardamom.
  • Brown Sugar – while sugar is classic, you are welcome to use your favorite sweetener in place of the brown sugar. Honey is a good alternative.



Alternative Methods for Making Mulled Wine

If you do not have an instant pot, mulled wine can also be made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. I do however recommend using an IP if you can – the wine will taste better the longer it has to simmer and soak up the flavors of the mulling spices.

  • Stovetop Instructions – combine all of the ingredients into a large sauce pan. Heat just until the wine barely reaches a simmer. You want to avoid letting it bubble and cook out the alcohol. Reduce the heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes up to a few hours.
  • Slow-cooker Instructions – add all ingredients to a 3 quart or larger slow cooker. Heat on low until hot, at least an hour. Again, you don’t want the alcohol burning off. Reduce the heat to warm and serve.


Be sure to strain out the spices before serving and drinking

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for a about 2-3 days. Be sure to allow the wine to cool completely and then transfer it to an air tight container.

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mulled wine

Instant Pot Mulled Wine


Mulled Wine is easy to make and perfectly spiced to warm your holidays! Your Instant Pot makes quick work of this cozy holiday drink, perfect for entertaining a crowd.


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 red apple (sliced)
  • 1 orange (sliced)
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Place all the ingredients into the Instant Pot and stir to combine. Close the lid and valve and set on high pressure for 1 minute. 
  2. Naturally release steam and open the valve and lid. Stir again and serve warm on mugs or glasses. 


I recommend using a cabernet for the red wine, but any wine will work. 

You can omit the brandy completely if you are not a fan of hard liquor.

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