Saturday, November 11, 2017

To Make Hypocrace

From The Good Housewife's JEWEL, Thomas Dawson, England, 1597:

Take a gallon of white wine, sugar two pounds, of cinnamon, ginger, long pepper, mace not bruised, grains galingall, and cloves, not bruised. You must bruise every kind of spice a little and put them in an earthen pot all day. And then cast them through your bags two times or more as you see cause. And so drink it.

My Redaction:

1.5 liters cheap Pinot Grigio
1.7 cups/.75 lbs sugar
Five cloves
1/2 tsp peppercorns
1/4 tsp powdered galangal or ginger
2 little cinnamon sticks

Put sugar into a pitcher. Add a little bit of wine and stir to form a paste, then gradually add the rest of the wine, stirring continuously so that the sugar is fully dissolved. Toss in spices, breaking up a bit if you wish.

Refrigerate for 12-24 hours, then strain out spices and serve.


This is a quite sweet, lightly spiced drink. You can easily adjust the proportions to your taste.

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