Medieval drinks that have survived to this day include prunellé from wild plums (modern-day slivovitz), mulberry gin and blackberry wine. anise seeds I'm currently having good results with a nylon-lined "permanent" coffee filter. 2-3/4 cups 80-proof brandy So there is documentation for using a grain-based whiskey instead of a grape-based brandy. Trying different fruits and a different maceration time; I'd been told to leave the fruit in brandy for about 4 weeks but the original recipe says 4 to 5 days. 1-1/8 c.) Usage | The result was a good mix of lemon and orange flavor, though the proportions can probably be played with without much harm. The resulting liquid was taste-tested before adding sugar. "...to every pinte of water, you must put 2 ounces of white sugar candie..." (1550-1625?) of blackberries, 1 lb. anise seeds, The amount of rosemary in the original recipe is unspecified; the size of an elecampane root is unknown; otherwise, the amounts were based on estimated proportion of the given weights to the 4 gallons of wine in the original recipe. It seemed pretty simple just lime juice, sugar and water but after a bit of searching I saw a lot of lemon cordial recipes added citric acid. There are a few versions of sambocade out there, and this recipe combines the version in my book with one I found online. 1/2 c. white granulated sugar 1 ounce pitted ripe sweet dark red cherries (approx. 1/8 tsp. There are two methods for making cordials in early recipes. Crecipe.com deliver fine selection of quality Elderflower recipes equipped with ratings, reviews and mixing tips. The wine recipe called for 1/2 peck (= 4 dry qts.) Forester Nigel FitzMaurice (Bruce Gordon) fresh thyme leaves, chopped Cheesecloth is traditional, and good for squeezing the liquid out of fruits, but it lets a lot of material through. anise seeds Original recipes (before 1700 CE) are on this page and my own redactions and variations on this page. To mimic the heat extraction of distillation and to reduce the proof of the whisky to that closer to the result of a single distillation of "strong ale," I heated the mixture of flavorings and whisky for 1/2 hour in an open pot over medium-low heat (enough heat to release steam, but without actually boiling). "...then take Suger minced,..." (1596) Cordial Making simple syrup: 2 c. white granulated sugar to 1 c. water 1 quart of 80-proof brandy, or 2 cups brandy and 2 cups grappa Armagnac brandy uses continuous distillation from white wines and is about 52%-60% percent alcohol when first distilled (Armagnac Castarede, http://www.armagnac-castarede.fr/anglais/cepage.htm). Patterns | Despite the filterings, the result stays slightly cloudy. Cognac is double-distilled and is 28-32% alcohol after the first and no more than 72% alcohol after the second (Bureau National Interprofesionnel du Cognac, http://www.cognac.fr/web_bnic_en/htm/cognac_elabo_distill_detail.htm). "...& halfe a pound of white sugar,..." (1550-1625?) I don't entirely quarrel with a medicinal definition: the choice of herbs and spices used in the flavorings is certainly related to their supposed therapeutic value. 1) Cloved Orange, loosely based on 1594 recipe of "How to give a prettie grace both in tast and propertie, unto the spirit of wine" Although water is the most common stew-cooking liquid used, some recipes call for wine and even beer. They are all hot in operation, and therefore not to be meddled with by people of hot constitutions when they are in health, for fear of fevers and adustion of blood, but for people of cold constitutions, as melancholy and flegmatic people. Extras | A simple sugar syrup was then added to the proportions of 1 cup of syrup to 2 cups of liquor. The liquid was then filtered with a nylon coffee filter and the sugar syrup added and dissolved, then and strained again with doubled unbleached paper filters. (1) The original uses wine instead of a distilled spirit; the higher-proof may have pulled stronger flavor from the ingredients, so the maceration time or the amounts should have been reduced. 1-1/2 lbs. Recipe reprinted from Wild Drinks & Cocktails by Emily Han, with permission from Fair Winds Press, copyright 2015. Recently, I've made cordials using "grappa" which is an Italian liquor classified as a brandy because it's distilled from a grape base. (3) My proportions may have been off; more rosemary, more sage, less elecampane? Rating . I tend not to trust corks, so I look for glass bottles with the metal wire & rubber seal tops (try specialty or discount stores: look for gourmet sauces and imported beverages). Vodka is certainly not appropriate for those recipes that add their flavorings to wine since those end with a single distillation. 2 tsp. The liquid was then filtered first through a nylon coffee filter, the sugar was added and dissolved, and then the liquid was strained again through doubled unbleached paper filters. of strawberries in the original maceration, and now has a significantly more appealing taste. Even today, many Europeans view a glass of schnapps as a "digestive" rather than as just an "after-dinner drink." mace A Good Roast Alows de Beef Autre Vele en Bokenade Balls or Skinless Sausages Jun 18, 2013 - Explore Andie's board "SCA & Medieval Cookery" on Pinterest. Pear Cordial - a cordial of pears and spices. The solid material was strained out using a fine nylon coffee filter and then doubled unbleached paper coffee filters.