18th Century Beverages

For those of you that attended my class on 18th Century Beverages and asked for recipes, here are my notes and recipes for the class.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Beverages of the 18th Century

Syllabubs and Juleps, Flip and Bumbo, Broth, Beer and Cocoa. Chef Christy toasts the flowing bowls of 18th century life on the farms, at sea, and in the great manor houses. Explore the influence of the New World and Old World alike, including the rising popularity of Tea, Chocolate and Coffee and the Coffee Houses that were the breeding grounds of revolution!
Non-alcoholic beverage samples will be passed around in class. Please notify teacher of any food allergies.

Beverages for Class:

Southern Spiced Tea
Fresh Limes

Diseases were misunderstood, water was sometimes considered an unhealthy drink. (Fresh water springs sometimes took on spiritual aspects for their purity)

Brewing both provided healthy drinks and helped to preserve grain and fruit harvests.

Bone broth, slow cooked in a pot near the fire, preserves the water in which the meat has been boiled for broth
Poor People’s Broth – broken victuals or leftovers are saved for broth and alms for the poor
Plate scrapings go to the hogs

From local livestock – cow, sheep, goat
Servants were allotted a mutchkin (1/2 liter) of beer at every meal, except when they get milk, when there is milk, and then they get beer only with their dinner

Vinegar Based Drinks

Shrub – great way to preserve fruit harvest, especially berries
Switchel – “haying” drink, natural electrolyte balancer

Coffee, Tea and Chocolate
Coffee – pour boiling water over fresh roasted and ground coffee powder, stir and
let settle. Pour off of sediment for the coffee pot for the table.
– Abigail Adams quote

Southern Spiced Tea
“Scotch Coffee” burnt biscuit ground up in hot water
Chocolate – demonstrate molinillo for creating a froth
– variety of chocolate recipes with ingredients from egg yolks to flour to every sort of liquor imaginable.

Life at Sea
Fresh Limes

Grog – rum & water
Wine – Thomas Jefferson kept meticulous records on the types of wines he bought for his entertaining as President and at Monticello
Bumbo – Rum, water sugar, nutmeg
Flip – rum or brandy w/ beer and sugar, heated with a hot iron
Beer & Small Beer
Ginger Beer, Spruce Beer

The Butler superintended the brewing of ale, small beer, cordials, juleps and aromatic waters for the stillroom

Switchel or Haying Water – Colonial Fireplace Cooking

There are several variations of this beverage. However, the original form was made almost like this using ingredients that were always readily available. This drink was always welcomed by the men working in the fields, especially when made with cold water pumped fresh from the well. This refreshing thirst quencher served to cool a man’s dusty throat and the natural sugars restored his energy.
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. vinegar
½ c. molasses
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
1 qt. cold water

Southern Spiced Tea – Colonial Fireplace Cooking
This is a very popular refreshment around Charleston, SC. It can be served hot in winter or iced in summer.

4 c. boiling water
3 Tbsp. tea leaves
Juice of ½ lemon
Juice of 3 oranges
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 c. sugar
4 c. cold water

Pour boiling water over the tea leaves. Let stand for a few minutes, then strain. Boil together sugar, whole cloves and water until it becomes a thin syrup. Strain this into tea, add orange and lemon juice. Serve with lemon slices. Makes about 2 quarts.

Posset – a British hot drink of milk curdled with wine or ale, often spiced, which was popular from medieval times to the 19th century.

Syllabub – an English sweet dish described by the OED as “A drink or dish made of milk (freq. as drawn from the cow) or cream, curdled by the admixture of wine, cider, or other acid, and often sweetened and flavoured.”

Wassail, from the Saxon phrase “Wass Hael” or “Good Health” is a custom carried on from Christmas through the New Year. A Wassail bowl filled with a variety of festive drinks would be present at any good celebration. ‘Lambswool’, a mixture of ale, roasted apples, sugar, spices, eggs, thick cream and snippets of bread was a standard. Also found were ‘Egg-Hot’ (cider heated and mixed with spices and eggs), and ‘Posset’ (hot milk, ale, sugar, and spices). In the Shetland Islands, the traditional drink was ‘Whipcoll’, egg-yolks beaten with sugar and cream with brandy added (the closest to what we call ‘Egg Nog’).

The Housekeeping Book of Susanna Whatman – 1776 – 1800

Colonial Fireplace Cooking

Thomas Jefferson’s Cookbook

Feeding Nelson’s Navy

Colonial Fireplace Cooking

Hot Cider Toddy
Mulled Wine
Southern Spiced Tea (Charleston, SC)
Red Wine Punch
Irish Lemonade
Switchel or Haying Water

Thomas Jefferson’s Cook Book
Coffee                                      pg 10
Tea                                          pg 11
Holland –Hyson’s Tea pg 13
Vanilla                          pg 13
Wine                                        pg 14
List of wines bought                  pg 15,16, 21
Syllabub                                   pg 113
Coffee, Cocoa or Chocolate Custard    pg 118

Feeding Nelson’s Navy
Rum, Wine, Beer                      pg 11
Beer and Small Beer                 pg 40
Wine fortified w/ Brandy           pg 41
Brandy, Arak Rum,                  Pg 42
Grog – rum & water                    “
Bumbo – Rum, water sugar, nutmeg
Flip – rum or brandy w/ beer and sugar, heated with a hot iron
Punch – hot water, lemon juice + __
Water                                       pg 43
Scotch Coffee: burnt biscuit      pg 44
ground up in hot water
Lemon & Lime Juice

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