Bischopswijn: Dutch Mulled Wine

Glasses of mulled wine, orange slices, and cinnamon stars on cloth and wooden tray
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  • Total: 3 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 1 jug (serves up to 8)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
92 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 jug (serves up to 8)
Amount per serving
Calories 92
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 1g
Calcium 37mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.

Ingredients

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

Steps 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. Remove the fruit and spices, and serve.