Drink of the day

December 28, 2006

Hello, Readership. Herein follows my first posting to Yesterday’s Salad, courtesy of a generous invitation from Mr. Hammerskjold. As per his request, here is the first drink of the day, appropriate for holiday-time, the Smoking Bishop:

5 unpeeled oranges
1 unpeeled grapefruit
36 cloves
1/4 pound of sugar
2 bottles of red wine
1 bottle of port

Wash the fruit and oven bake until brownish. Turn once. Put fruit into a warmed earthenware bowl with six cloves stuck into each.

Add the sugar and pour in the wine – not the port.

Cover and leave in a warm place for a day.

Squeeze the fruit into the wine and strain.

Add the port and heat. DO NOT BOIL!

While this recipe can be found elsewhere on the internet, it is worthy of note that modern knowledge of the drink (which has long since fallen out of vogue) stems from Cedric Dickens’ excellent Drinking with Dickens, which contains recipes for all of the drinks mentioned in the books of his great-grandfather, Charles Dickens.

Having tried this last year in good New Years’ company, my personal recommendations for a good bowl of bishop are to heat the mixture to a *very* low temperature, and to serve immediately. Adding a small amount of higher-proof spirits, such as applejack, kirschwasser, or even rum (stay away from vodka, gin, tequila, etc.), gives the beverage an additional kick or can compensate for being slow with a ladle, as the alcohol in the beverage can boil away very quickly if you are not careful.

So when you are ready to indulge the holiday spirit in a decidedly non-Pumblechookian manner, pour yourself a mug of smoking bishop.

“A merry Christmas, Bob!” said Scrooge, with an earnestness that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the back. “A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you, for many a year! I’ll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob!”

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2 Responses to “Drink of the day”

  1. dailysalad Says:

    good first post, josh. i appreciate your antiquarian mixology. perhaps you can also provide us, your humble readership, with a historical overview of the development of the drink?

  2. Isaac Says:

    Good to see you writing again Josh!! I’m sorry I never got around to commenting on your shoutout to me in November, but I’ll be sure to follow your drink recipes here in the salad.


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