Dutch Mulled Wine Recipe (Bischopswijn)

Glasses of mulled wine, orange slices and cinnamon stars on cloth and wooden tray
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  • 3 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 1 jug (serves up to 8)
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This warming medley of red wine, oranges, lemon and spices is the Dutch take on mulled wine or gluhwein. It is known in the Netherlands as bischopswijn or ''bishop's wine'' after Saint Nicholas, the Catholic bishop who is celebrated on Sinterklaas every year.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 bottles of red wine (e.g., a Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • About 15 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

How to Make It

  1. Decant the wine into a large, thick-bottomed soup pot.
  2. Spike the oranges and lemon with the cloves and add to the wine, along with the cinnamon sticks.
  3. Heat slowly over a very low heat for 3 hours. The liquid should not boil (this would make the alcohol evaporate).
  4. Add the sugar towards the end and make sure that it dissolves completely.
  5. Now remove the fruit and spices, and serve.