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Cookery Through the Ages
Recipes from the Medieval to the Victorian ages.


Elder Wine
(Elderberry Wine)


Your elder-berries should be picked when full ripe. Put them in a stone jar, and set them in the oven, or a kettle of boiling water, till the jar is hot through.

Then take them out and strain them through a coarse cloth, wringing the berries, and put the juice into a clean kettle.

To every quart of juice put a pound of fine Lisbon sugar, let it boil and skim it well.

When it is clear and fine, pour it into a jar. When cold, cover it close, and keep it till you make raisin wine.

Then, when you turn your wine, to every gallon of wine put half a pint of the elder syrup, and it will prove excellent liquor.

It is customary to drink elder wine hot.



The Farmer's Wife
or, the Complete Country Housewife

London, c. 1780


Please also visit Old London Maps on the web as many of the maps
and views available there have plans and depictions of gardens from
the medieval period through to the late nineteenth century.

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