‘I’ll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family,’’ it’s the part in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol when Scrooge comes good and Bob Cratchit’s fortunes change for the better. Meant for sharing, Scrooge rustles up some Smoking Bishop and begins to make amends.
The smoke in smoking refers to the steaming tendrils of smoke as the drink warms – but never boils, lest any alcohol evaporates. Bishop was the 19th century code name for port. There are other versions of the drink, all of which signify a drink enjoyed by those with a certain largess.
Here’s how to make a traditional smoking bishop
- Seville oranges 3, (or use a lemon and two oranges)
- Demerara sugar 30g
- Red wine ½ bottle, (not too dry nor too sweet)
- Ruby port ½ bottle
- Cloves 15
- Dried green cardamom pods 2
- Cinnamon stick 1
- Stem ginger syrup 2 tbsp, (or use a slice of fresh ginger and an extra tbsp of sugar)