Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Squid Mixes: Bishop's Cooler
When Ebeneezer Scrooge ladles out punch for all assembled at the end of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, the bowl is filled with hot Bishop. Bishop was the mulled wine of choice in 19th century England, especially in December. The obvious way to Americanize the drink was to pour it over ice. I got my Bishop's Cooler recipe from Eric Felten's How's Your Drink? Felten got it from a 1947 bar book by "Trader Vic" Bergeron.
A Bishop's Cooler combines fresh lemon and orange juices with Burgundy wine, Jamaican rum and a little sugar. Not wishing to waste a nice Burgundy, I went with a cheap California Pinot Noir instead. The ingredients are mixed directly in the serving glass which is handy. My wife thought it tasted like Sangria. Not surprising. Sangria is, after all, a punch with wine and citrus, too.