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Christmas Punch recipe by Charles Dickens | How to Drink

It’s the season for Mulled Wine and this recipe for it comes from Charles Dickens, it’s called Smoking Bishop and it is delicious and easy to make!

Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” is a Christmas classic and a fixture around the holidays. It’s been adapted into movies and television SO MANY TIMES (Currently a new version is premiering on the BBX and FX starring Guy Pearce). In the final pages of the novel Ebenezer Scrooge informs Bob Cratchit that he intends to give him a raise and improve his station, and that they should “discuss the details over a bowl of Smoking Bishop”. Smoking Bishop was a style of mulled wine popular in Victorian England, and though Dickens doesn’t give his recipe in the novel, he did share it with friends in his letters. His is fairly simple but the results are delicious and wonderful for the holidays.

Smoking Bishop
• 4 Oranges studded with cloves
• Baked at 350ºf 60-90 minutes
• set oranges aside
• 25.46 oz. -or- 750 ml. Bordeaux Wine
• 24.46 oz. -or- 750 ml. Ruby port
• 1/4 Tsp fresh ginger (more if you like!)
• 1/4 Tsp fresh Nutmeg (more if you like!)
• 1/4 Tsp all-spice (more if you like!)
• 1/2 cup -or- 106 g brown sugar
• heat to simmer
• add juice of cooked oranges
• garnish bowl with clove studded orange wheels
• serve

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