Renaissance drink recipes often called for wine, spices, fruits, and generous amounts of sugar or honey for sweetening, and drinkers often demanded their beverages to be very sweet indeed.
Since ancient times, people of every race and culture have enjoyed refreshing beverages and those living during the Renaissance Era were no exception. Here, you'll find authentic recipes for making popular drinks from that time, including an early recipe for making lemonade.
Renaissance Beverage Recipes
The Queen-like Cloſet or Rich Cabinet (1672)
Enjoy experimenting with these authentic Renaissance drink recipes and make your own hard and soft beverages similar to those consumed in the Medieval, Elizabethan, and Renaissance Eras. Serve historical drinks at your next medieval banquet or Renaissance fair.
To make Chaculato
Take half a Pint of Claret Wine, boil it a little, then ſcrape ſome Chaculato very fine and put into it, and the Yolks of two Eggs, ſtir them well together over a ſlow Fire till it be thick, and ſweeten it with Sugar according to your taſte.
To make good Almond Milk
This Renaissance almond milk recipe makes a delicious, warm beverage that was enjoyed by both the young and old alike.
Take Jordan Almonds blanched and beaten with Roſe water, then ſtrain them often with fair water, wherein hath been boiled Violet Leaves and ſliced Dates; when your Almonds are ſtrained, take the Dates and put to it ſome Mace, Sugar, and a little Salt, warm it a little, and ſo drink it.
To make Limonado
History records that
honey-sweetened lemonade was sold by licensed vendors on the streets of
Paris as early as 1676. This historical lemonade recipe was published
just four years previously.
Take one Quart of Sack, half a Pint of Brandy, half a Pint of fair Water, the Juyce of two Limons, and ſome of the Pill, ſo brew them together with Sugar, and drink it.
Renaissance Drink Recipe
The Queens Closet Opened (1658)
It is generally believed that the cookbook's author "W. M." was a prominent manservant in the household of Queen Henrietta Maria and might once have been the queen's personal chef.
Dr. Kings way to make Mead
This historical mead recipe
was ascribed to Dr. King, believed to be a prominent physician to the
royal household of King Charles I.
Take five quarts and a pint of Water, and warm it, then put one quart of Honey to every gallon of Liquor, one Lemon, and a quarter of an ounce of Nutmegs, it muſt boil till the ſcum riſe black, that you will have it quickly ready to drink, ſqueeze into it a lemon when you tun it. It muſt be cold before you tun it up.
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Renaissance Baking Supplies
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