Smoking Bishop

smoking bishop“… and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob!” – A Christmas Carol


  • 5 unpeeled oranges
  • 1 large unpeeled grapefruit
  • 1/4 lb sugar (a slightly rounded 1/2 cup)
  • 36 cloves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 750 ml bottles red wine (pinot noir or meritage are fine)
  • 1 750 ml bottle ruby port wine


  1. Wash the fruit and bake in a roasting pan at 350F for about 45 minutes, turning once.
  2. Heat a large earthenware bowl* and add the fruit and cinnamon sticks. Stud each fruit with 6 whole cloves.
  3. Add the sugar and the red wine, and store covered in a warm place for about a day.
  4. Squeeze the fruit through a sieve into a vessel you can heat the wine in, such as a sauce pan or a crockpot.
  5. Add the port and warm thoroughly, but be sure not to boil.
  6. Serve in warmed glasses
  7. One variation that is very warming and cheery is the addition of a bit of cognac. I would suggest a cup of cognac for this amount of wine.

*If you don’t have an earthenware bowl, just use a stock pot with a lid. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then set the lidded stock pot with fruit and wine mixture into a warm oven that has been turned off.