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Two glasses of mulled wine surrounded by spices and orange slices.

Spiced Mulled Wine

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  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Stovetop, Instant Pot, or Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


Make this easy spiced mulled wine recipe on the stovetop, in a slow cooker, or Instant Pot for the ultimate cozy spiked winter beverage.


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  1. Pour wine into a large saucepan or Instant Pot insert (see notes). Add brandy, maple syrup, orange bitters, cloves, peppercorns, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, and star anise.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, cut 2-3 strips of peel from the orange, and place into the pot with the wine. Thinly slice the orange and reserve for garnish.
  3. Slowly bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. To serve, ladle mulled wine into mugs or heat-safe glasses, being careful not to scoop up any of the whole spices. Garnish with reserved orange slices.


The flavor of the spices deepens the longer it sits in the warmed wine. It also makes your house smell wonderful!

If making in a slow cooker, cook on low until warm, which should take about an hour depending on your slow cooker.

If using an Instant Pot, use the sauté function on "less" to simmer your mulled wine.

After your mulled wine is warmed, switch your slow cooker/Instant Pot "keep warm" setting so it stays nice and warm.

See notes in the post above for tips on choosing your wine and for making this on the stovetop.


  • Serving Size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 155
  • Sugar: 6.8 g
  • Sodium: 6.2 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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