Perhaps its just that sort of week for me but its definitely 5:00 HERE so here are some terms to take with you to your local watering hole to show you understand the drinking habits of we merry 18th Century barmen…

  • Bene Bowse — good beer, or other strong liquor
  • Bingo — brandy or other spirituous liquor
  • Black Strap –“bene carlo” or port wine
  • Bristol Milk — sherry, particularly when drunk in the morning
  • Calibogus — rum mixed with spruce beer – a truly American beverage
  • Cool Nantz — brandy
  • Doctor — milk or cream with a little rum and some nutmeg (add eggs for eggnog!)
  • Flip –small beer, brandy and sugar (often adding a raw egg)
  • Freeze — small (low ABV) hard cyder
  • Fuddle — any alcoholic drink or cocktail
  • Hearts Ease — gin
  • Huckle My Butt — heated beer, egg and brandy
  • Pharoah — strong malt liquor (like an abby triple)
  • Stewed Quaker — burned rum with a piece of butter — an American remedy for the common cold
  • Toddy — tea and sugar with a gil of whiskey

Sláinte…

Published by Michael Carver

My goal is to bring history alive through interactive portrayal of ordinary American life in the late 18th Century (1750—1799) My persona are: Journeyman Brewer; Cordwainer (leather tradesman but not cobbler), Statesman and Orator; Chandler (candle and soap maker); Gentleman Scientist; and, Soldier in either the British Regular Army, the Centennial Army, or one of the various Militia. Let me help you experience history 1st hand!

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  1. Love this! I’ve had the same kind of week. I’m on CT so I have 90 more minutes to go… 😉

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