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A Rum and Red Wine Classic, The Bishop cocktail

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In the event that you look around, you will discover countless recipes for a drink called the Bishop Cocktail. Most are a sort of red wine and fruit punch that is somewhat similar to a simplified Sangria. It’s a decent drink, however, there’s another Bishop Cocktail that you should know as well.

The Bishop is a classic cocktail and it is a little more interesting than the popular modern drinks under the name. This one comes from the 1935 printing of “The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book” by A.S. Crockett. The famous bartending guide actually includes two versions, one for a single serving and one a punch recipe.

Rum Makes a World of Difference

What the classic Bishops have that most modern plans don’t is rum and it improves things significantly. It takes the drink from a dressed up glass of wine into the cocktail world. It’s a straightforward little change yet a significant one in light of the fact that the rum adds depth to the flavour.

Regardless of how you make it, the Bishop is an enjoyable cocktail and one that drinkers of all tastes will appreciate.


3 ounces rum
1-ounce red wine
1 teaspoon simple syrup
1/2 lime (juice of)

Steps to Make It

Gather the ingredients.

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake well.

Strain into a chilled red wine glass.


The Classic Bishop Punch

The main difference in the punch formula is that it inverts the rum and wine, which is a smart move for any party. If we somehow managed to pour an entire bottle of rum into the punch bowl we would have some intoxicated visitors. Along these lines, similar to a Sangria, the wine dominates this exemplary punch.

It’s a simple punch to stir up and is better in the event that you prepare it the prior night. This gives the flavours some additional opportunity to merge and mesh to make a well-balanced drink.

To make the punch, consolidate 1 bottle red wine, 3 ounces rum, the juice of 1/2 lemon, and 4 bar spoons superfine sugar in a punch bowl or pitcher. Stir well to ensure everything consolidates and the sugar dissolves. At the point when it’s a great opportunity to serve, mix it up of seasonal fruits you wish.

This punch will make about nine 4-ounce servings.

The Modern (Hold the Rum) Bishop Cocktail

If you are interested in the wine-just version of the Bishop Cocktail, it couldn’t be simpler. You should simply replace the rum in the first formula with wine. Numerous Bishop fans prefer a red wine from Burgundy, however, any red you have available will do.

Likewise, numerous Bishop plans require a mix of lemon and orange juices as opposed to lime. Just split the juice in the formula between the two.

On the off chance that you like, stick to the straightforward syrup in light of the fact that there’s no compelling reason to worry about it dissolving. Powdered sugar is preferred for this drink over granulated and a teaspoon of either will improve the drink fine and dandy. Notwithstanding, you should blend the drink thoroughly.

The last distinction is that numerous modern Bishop Cocktails are served on the rocks in a highball glass. Truly, you can serve either Bishop with or without ice, contingent upon your mood.

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