In December we host an annual party for our members where they can experience the ancient tradition of the Smoking Bishop. The century’s old recipe for Smoking Bishop requires a day of preparation but rewards the effort with an evening of hot mulled wine and a home filled with the rich smell of the holiday.

Today, our filled schedules don’t often afford an opportunity to spend this much time. That is why we came up with a quick and easy alternative – a slow-cooker hot mulled wine. Simply pour two bottles of wine and a handful of easy to obtain ingredients into your slow cooker, and within an hour you will have enough mulled wine for any gathering.


  • 2 Bottles Red Wine
  • ½ Cup Brandy
  • ½ Cup Maple Syrup
  • 4 Whole Cloves
  • 2 Whole Star Anise
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • Peel of ½ orange


Put all the ingredients into your slow cooker, attach the lid, and set the temperature to low for one hour. At the end of the hour set the slow cooker to warm and you are ready to go.