Smoking Bishop?Posted: December 17, 2008
In case you were concerned, I survived last night’s annual drag-the-husbands-to-the-ladies’-book-club event. It was like being at a massive festival of food and drink except that the occasional book discussion broke out. We were charged with reading Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which I dutifully did, unlike most of the other husbands and a few of the women. I am such a nerd. I thought people actually read the book assigned for book group.
I actually really enjoyed it. Everyone knows the story, everyone’s seen the play or the movie, but like many people I’d never actually read it. Good stuff.
After Scrooge has his conversion experience, the book ends with the following line:
“A Merry Christmas, Bob!” said Scrooge with an earnestness that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the back. “A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you for many a year! I’ll raise your salary, and endeavor to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon over a bowl of Smoking Bishop, Bob!”
What is Smoking Bishop you ask? It’s a drink so named for it’s purple color (brought about by red wine and port) and the fact that it’s served warm. Here’s a recipe to add to your Christmas cheer:
1 unpeeled grapefruit
1/4 pound of sugar
2 bottles of red wine
1 bottle of port