The “Bishop”

This weekend I was trying to finish up a submission for the Winter edition of WestSound Home & Garden and just felt that the “Winter Warmer” piece really needed a hot drink to be complete.  The only trouble is, I can’t remember the last time I had a hot drink, so I started cruising the web for ideas.  There are plently of them out there and I got a little bit tipsy just reading the ingredient lists for some of the drinks.

So I put out an S-O-S on Twitter and received a few suggestions, but the one that caught my eye was from LetThemEatSteak for a Bishop.  I liked the “retro” feel of this warm spiced port drink.  I can remember my mom making hot spiced wine in the winter when the power would go out, so this seemed to fit my criteria perfectly.  It is a very easy drink to make, although you do have to bake the orange for about an hour begin assembly.

It smells heavenly and tastes divine, which may be one of the reasons for its name.  A little research also turned up this interesting tidbit:  the Bishop was a favorite drink of Hemingway.  Now how could you go wrong with that kind of endorsement?

Be sure to serve it in small cups, as it is best enjoyed hot.  If you want a bit more octane in your drink, feel free to add a few ounces of cognac to the pot.

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