Instant Pot Mulled Wine

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recipe by Pamela Ellgen

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Mulled wine sounds easy—just cook wine with sugar, citrus, and a handful of spices—but it’s not. Cook for too long, and you lose all of the alcohol. Cook for too little time, and you don’t get all of the flavors from the aromatic ingredients. The Instant Pot makes mulled wine in, well, an instant, and it preserves most of the alcohol. Be careful as you release the pressure from the valve because it contains evaporated alcohol. Make sure there are no open flames nearby and avert your face, as usual, from the vent. Alternate Method: You can also choose to cook the mulled wine using the slow cook function for 2 hours.

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recipe updated Feb 4, 2020


  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
    1 cup (204g)
  • Cinnamon stick icon
    Cinnamon stick
  • Dehydrated apple slices icon
    Dehydrated apple slices
    about ½ cup (30g)
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  • Star anise pod icon
    Star anise pod
  • Dried orange zest icon
    Dried orange zest
    2 tsp (10g)
  • Red wine icon
    Red wine
    6 cups (1440ml)


  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Inner pot

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  1. Add granulated sugar, cinnamon stick, dehydrated apple slices, cloves, star anise pod, dried orange zest and red wine to the inner pot
  2. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  3. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 1 min
  4. Cancel - Keep warm
  5. Quick release
  6. Serve
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