Smoking Bishop


  • 6 oranges

  • 2 lemons

  • 1 finger sized piece of ginger, sliced

  • 20 or so cloves

  • 10 corns of allspice

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 star anise pods

  • 1.5 - 2.0 liters red wine

  • 750 ml port (or similar)


In a small pot zest one of the oranges and one of the lemons. Add the spices, cinnamon sticks and ginger. Add about 500 ml water and bring to a boil. Simmer for an hour, adding liquid to maintain volume. Add the red wine to a large pot. Slice each of the oranges and lemons in half and add to the pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the fruit, let cool for a bit and juice. Add the juice to the wine. Pour the spiced water mixture through a sieve into the wine mixture. Simmer for another 20 minutes or so. Pour all the liquid through a sieve and then add the port. Enjoy!

The desire to make this came from reading about it in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The inspiration for my version came from the following Tori Avey article and recipe.