Rook the Librarian (gisho) wrote in little_details,
Rook the Librarian

Hot beverages in early 16th century England?

Setting: A prosperous household in England, early 1500s, spring. A character is sitting up late; another character notices he seems cold and offers him a hot drink of . . . what? It has to be something fast to prepare, that would already be sitting around the kitchen. Cider? Sack? Did anyone ever drink hot ale?

I've ruled out tea and cocoa, which didn't arrive in Britain until the 1600s. One reference mentioned that Elizabethan-era Christmas feasts included mulled wine, but I couldn't determine if that would be kept on hand year-round.

Thanks in advance!

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Tags: 1500-1599, uk: food and drink

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