Dickens Smoking Bishop

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 40m
Ready In

"This is an old fashioned port wine drink that goes back ways-away to the Victorian era. It is traditionally made during the holidays and is of British decent (though the Port wine is Portuguese). I haven't tried this, but plan to as I can see Dickens on a cold winters night sipping from a celebratory bowl."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (233.3 g)
  • Calories 56.8
  • Total Fat - 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 15 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 5.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 4.2 g
  • Protein - 0.4 g
  • Calcium - 31.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2

Stud orange with cloves and roast in a small shallow ceramic or glass baking dish until browned and soft, about 1 1/2 hours.

Step 3

Carefully quarter orange, then bring orange quarters and Port just to a simmer in a 2 to 2 1/2-quart saucepan. Remove from heat and serve warm.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Oh my word! I don't even know where to begin! Ok, the roasted orange was incredible. I used 14 cloves instead of 8. I was only making two servings, so I ate a slice of the cooled orange after roasting. WOW! I could eat this without ever making the cocktail! However, I proceeded with the recipe for the two of us. WOWZERS! I think I'll have this every night till Christmas! The "clovey" orange imparts such a great taste to the simmered port! Thanks for posting this great recipe - I'll be sure to make this again when with my family in California for Christmas!

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(25 Nov 2019)