Non-Alcoholic historical beverages

Easy Spiced Cider SO much better than the kits!

Easy Spiced Cider SO much better than the kits!

Curling up with a mug of steaming mulled cider is a lovely thing this chilly, dank time of year, but I beg you, don’t get those silly, frilly, expensive  little kits to make your cider with.  Making showstopping spiced cider is stupid easy and much less expensive than getting a […]

Books for Brewers: Historical Primary Sources for Brewers

Books for Brewers: Historical Primary Sources for Brewers

Most recently updated August 18, 2015 I am chagrined each time I see someone online asking whether there are period sources.  You bet there are!  Here is a running list of historical primary sources for brewers. Secondary sources are on another blog post, yet another has modern how-to books,  and there’s one […]

Melrosette, or Rose Syrup

Melrosette, or Rose Syrup

This is from an email trail discussing rhodamels (rose meads), rose syrups, and things to make from rose petals, such as rosaries.  Froniga also combined the petals of red damask roses and purified honey with alcohol to make melrosette, another healing potion which is not fermented. Rhodomel is simply another […]