Category : Beverage

History is Served: Ale Through the Ages

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016

Balthasar Denner Glass of Beer and Bread on a TableJoin us for a memorable weekend of beer and history March 18-20, 2016 for Ales through the Ages. This incredible weekend offers a journey through the history of beer with some of the world’s top beer scholars.

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Toast the Holidays With Chocolate Wine!

Posted on: December 23rd, 2015

chocolate wineWhat better way to celebrate the season than serving two of our favorite things together—chocolate and wine? Try serving this simple yet unexpected combination at your holiday party, or, if you are adventurous, for Christmas Breakfast. The Historic Foodways Staff wishes to thank everyone for your continued support. Thank you and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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Mint Juleps?

Posted on: May 2nd, 2015

OK, did they have mint juleps in the 18th century ?

The short answer is no with a but. …

Let’s talk about the mint julep that they serve at Kentucky Derby Day. The exact history of this drink is somewhat of a mystery, but there are a number of factors that lead me to think that it is a early 19th-century creation.

First, this drink is typically made by taking mint leaves and mashing them up in a sugar syrup. then adding bourbon and shaved ice. The first problem is bourbon whiskey. Bourbon whiskey is named after Bourbon County in Kentucky, which was established in 1786.

It is different from other whiskeys of that time in several ways:

One, by law Bourbon must contain at least 51 percent corn.

And two,  it is made with a particular type of …

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A Beverage Called Flip

Posted on: March 27th, 2015

What’s a flip? A few eggs, a little cream, some beer and spices – all mixed together using a method that may surprise you.

Frank Clark of Historic Foodways demonstrates.

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Beer for Breakfast

Posted on: September 16th, 2014

As people who work outside and next to a fire, we here in historic foodways are happy to see the beginning signs of fall. Fall means a break from the heat and the resumption of some of the activities that we can’t do properly in high heat like brewing and chocolate making.

We will address the chocolate in a future post so here I would like to talk about beer.18-Century Beer

Beer and ale were one of the most loved beverages of 18th-century England and her colonies.

In a world without sodas and energy drinks and all the other beverages we take for granted today, beer served an important role in the beverages of the time. It was the most affordable man-made beverage , and was considered healthy and nutritious. Many Englishmen got a large proportion of their daily calories from …

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Syllabubs Three Ways

Posted on: May 30th, 2013

Frothy with cream, wine and citrus, syllabubs are a great palate cleanser. The acids firm the cream, and once separation is achieved, you have a nice two-part dessert blend. Just one never seems quite enough.

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King William’s Posset

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

A dish that resembles a custard yet is not, possets are primarily made for drinking. It can be spooned from the bowl as well.

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