Smoking Bishop

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Smoking Bishop could warm even Ebenezer Scrooge's heart!

Smoking Bishop

1 bottle ruby port
1 bottle red wine
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
4 oranges
20 cloves

Preheat your oven to 350º. Wash, dry, and stud each orange with five cloves; place oranges in a baking dish and roast until lightly browned all over (60-90 minutes). While the oranges are baking, add port, wine, water, sugar and spices to a saucepan and simmer over low heat. Slice baked oranges in half; squeeze juice into wine-port mixture. Serve in a coupe or rocks glass with a clove-studded orange slice.

Notes: Ruby port is a fortified red wine with berry, caramel and cinnamon flavors; an inexpensive bottle from your local grocery or liquor store will be more than special enough for this punch. As for the red wine, I'd look for something from Portugal (where port is made) or Spain–if it grows together, it goes together. Cheers! 

Image by Daniel Krieger for PUNCH.


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