This is an authentic Tudor recipe from 1588, taken from The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin. It’s similar to a caudle, a drink of warm wine or ale with sugar, eggs and spices, renowned for its medicinal properties and popular at the same period.
I love mulled wines and ciders, so the idea of this drink really appealed to me. The smells wafting through my kitchen while I was making it were delicious, though the drink itself was a bit, well, ‘robust’ – great when you’ve just come inside on a cold winter’s day, but for ordinary drinking a bit too heavy for me. My partner loved it, though – he drank the lot!
- 1,500ml of good-quality ale
- 200g demerara or other natural brown sugar
- 100g unsalted butter, chopped into small lumps
- 5 egg yolks
- 1/2tsp ground cloves
- 1/2tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4tsp ground ginger