hippocras


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hippocras

(hĭp′ə-krăs′)
n.
A cordial made from wine and flavored with spices, formerly used as a medicine.
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On hippocras as a last course, see Scully, The Art of Cookery, 135, 148-49.
One who wrote for the newsletter Mercurius Britanicus claimed that a writer for the royalist newsletter Mercurius Aulicus had lost his wits, and no form of stimulant, alcoholic or literary, would rouse him from this state of dullness: "not to be recovered by the Protestant or Catholique liquour, either Ale or strong beer, or Sack, or Claret, or Hippocras, or Muscadine, or Rosasolis, which hath been reputed formerly by his Grand-father Ben Johnson, and his Uncle Shakespeare, and his Couzen Germains, Fletcher, and Beamont, [sic] and nose-lesse Davenant, and Frier Sherley the Poets, the onely blossoms for the brain, the restoratives for the wit.
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 and muscadine.
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.