The final section of The Forme of Cury, recipes numbers 153 to 205 as printed in Hieatt and Butler, presents recipes for the later courses, including fritters, tarts, custards and ending withypocras (modern hippocras
) or spiced wine.
(40) In courtly circles, this was always an elaborate and ritualistic affair, in which all the plate was highly decorative and gilded, and in which spiced wafers and sweetmeats were served with sweetly scented wines such as hippocras
To celebrate, a banquet of a wide variety of dishes including meat, a rarity for those of the Benedictine order, were enjoyed along with pigmentum or hippocras
, a mulled wine prepared with cinnamon, honey, and pepper.
Marry, it was Hippocras
rather" (Letter of 5 April 1823).
The Twelve Days of mediaeval misrule and revelry diluted more barbaric practices, but there were still, doubtless, cries of 'Why have you altered the stuffing in the peacock?' 'But Madame my mother always had hippocras
, why do we have to have mead?' echoing through castle and cot.
Sylvain Jacquin has been working with Ralph for two years and is currently working on developing and promoting a hippocras
wine, aimed at the medieval reenactment and Christmas markets.