Instant Pot Orange Mulled Wine | Glühwein Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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This spiced orange mulled wine recipe makes the perfect Christmas drink. So deliciously warm and festive, you’ll want to make this Glühwein all season long.

Suitable for vegan and gluten free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

 

a single glass of instant pot mulled wine garnshed with clementines and a cinnamon stick

Christmas is *kinda* coming (any excuse peeps, any excuse), which means drinks like Instant Pot Mulled Wine are now on the menu. This traditional Glühwein aka a German drink is a well-loved staple served over the festive holiday and throughout winter especially at Christmas Market stalls.

And nothing beats the cozy smell of spiced mulled wine, so even more reason to make it. And friends, it could not be easier to make.

It is simply a case of putting all the wine, orange juice and mulling spices in the Instant Pot and letting it simmer. A few mins later and out comes a rather delicious and more-ish German Glühwein.

Want to make it adults-only? Then add in some rum at the end. Even better is that the Pressure Cooker will keep the mulled wine warm till you are ready to serve (if you can wait for longer than 5 mins, you are stronger than me……).

two glass mugs filled with instant pot mulled wine

Why You'll ♡ It

  • This hot German Mulled wine requires virtually no effort to make.
  • This Glühwein comes together with affordable everyday ingredients.
  • It is immensely adaptable with a few delicious suggestions below.
  • This can be made ahead – and kept warm for when guests arrive.
  • It can easily be tripled in order to serve all your holiday guests.
  • It makes a great festive holiday drink.
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Tools Needed

three glasses of orange mulled wine

Gather Your Ingredients

  • Wine - Red wine
  • Juice - Orange juice
  • Fruit - Clementines
  • Spices - Cinnamon sticks, Cloves, Cardamom pods
  • Sweetener - maple syrup
  • Rum, optional

Ready to learn just how easy it is to make Glühwein recipe? Then gather up your ingredients and I will show you…..

How To Make Instant Pot Mulled Wine

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Select the Sauté function on the Instant Pot and set it to low.
  2. Add the wine, orange juice, clementines and spices to the Instant Pot insert and let cook for about 5 minutes until it starts to steam (but does not boil).
  3. Press cancel (or if you want let the keep warm function kick in - so it keeps warm will your guests arrive).
  4. Stir in the maple syrup whilst warm.
  5. Strain, then mix in the rum (if using), serve and let the merriment begin!
  • image collage showing the steps for making instant pot mulled wine

How to Make Glühwein On The Stovetop

  • Add all the ingredients (minus the rum) into a saucepan.
  • Heat until almost boiling, then simmer for about 5 mins.
  • Switch off the heat and strain (if required) into a serving pitcher or punchbowl.
  • Mix in the rum (if using) and serve.

Chef's tip: if making ahead of time, add back into the saucepan and cover. Gently reheat as guests arrive so that you can serve it warm.

stove top mulled wine in a pot

Make This In The Slow Cooker

You can certainly make this in the crockpot instead. Just head on over to my slow cooker spiced wine recipe to see how easy it is.

top down view of slow cooker mulled wine

Recipe Tips

  • Feel free to add more spices or vary the spice combo to your taste.
  • You can stick cloves into a whole clementine and drop that into the Instant Pot to make it easier to fish them out at the end.
  • Feel free to use pre-packed sets of mulling spices instead of individual spices.
  • Remove the spices and fruit after cooking if you are going to on keep warm for a while.
  • Feel free to add a cup or two of black tea to make your mulled wine go a little bit further. You may need to add a bit more maple as well.
  • It is important that you do not pressure cook the wine or  let it come to a boil.

Delicious Variations

  • Vary the fruit - add in oranges, apples, cherries etc. Cherry mulled wine and apple mulled wine are jut awesome.
  • Vary the sweetener - use sugar, agave or honey if you prefer.
  • Vary the juice - mix in some apple juice, cherry juice and even some cold black tea if you prefer.
  • Vary the alcohol - instead of rum you can make this with bourbon or brandy.

FAQs

What Wine To Use For Glühwein?

You can make your Glühwein with pretty much any red wine you want. However, this is best made with everyday and more inexpensive wines. Those lovely and more expensive bottles of wine are much better kept for a special or "I just want a good bottle of wine" occasion.

Even better, use those bottle of red wine that you were gifted and did not like - since the lovely flavor of the spices and citrus will really transform your wine.

close up of one glass filled with instant pot mulled wine

Here is my recipe for mulled wine. I hope you have as much fun trying it out as I did. Merry Almost Christmas!

Weight Watchers Points

There are 10 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of Instant Pot Mulled Wine.

Thank you for reading this Pressure Cooker Mulled Wine recipe post.  And please come visit again as I continue dreaming up recipes, traditional African recipes, African fusion recipes, Sierra Leone recipes, travel plans and much more for you. Thanks for reading Recipes from a Pantry, UK food blog.

Originally Posted Dec 2015.

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a single glass of instant pot mulled wine garnshed with clementines and a cinnamon stick
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Instant Pot Mulled Wine

This spiced hot German Mulled Wine recipe makes the perfect festive drink.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 8
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

Instant Pot Mulled Wine Ingredients

  • 1500 ml (2 bottles) red wine
  • 2 cups (500 ml) orange juice
  • 1 clementine sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 10 cardamom pods split
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup or more, to your taste
  • rum (optional)
  • clementine slices and cinnamon sticks to garnish

Instructions

Instant Pot Mulled Wine Instructions

  • Select the Sauté function on the Instant Pot and set it to low.
  • Add the wine, orange juice, clementines and spices to the Instant Pot insert and let cook for about 5 mins until it starts to steam (but does not boil).
  • Press cancel (or let the keep warm function kick in to keep warm will your guests arrive).
  • Stir in the maple syrup whilst warm.
  • Strain, then mix in the rum (if using), serve and let the merriment begin!

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients (minus the clementine slices) in the slow cooker.
  • Heat on low for 60-90 minutes, until wine is hot.
  • Do not cook on high so you don't cook out all the alcohol.  as you can  It will take about an hour for the mulled wine to get hot.
  • Switch off the heat and add in the clementine slices and rum. Let sit for a few minutes, strain and serve warm.

Mulled Wine Stovetop Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients (minus the rum) into a saucepan.
  • Heat until almost boiling, then simmer for about 5 mins.
  • Switch off the heat and strain (if required) into a serving pitcher or punchbowl.
  • Mix in the rum (if using) and serve.
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Notes

Weight Watchers Points

There are 10 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of Instant Pot Mulled Wine.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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