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[ MIXOLOGY FROM THE MIDDLE AGES ] ~ from HerbCo
[ Getting Medieval with Your Cocktails ] ~ from Herbco
If you enjoy mulled cider, wine or “liquid bread” (beer), you have the Medieval monk to thank for the existence of these liquid refreshments. Not only did monks maintain the monastery gardens from which herbs were harvested in the making of such spirits, but many were also master distillers. While people no longer depend on booze as a primary source of nutrition and hydration at a time when drinking water was risky, many of the concoctions of old are still — to coin a 14th century turn of phrase — wetting our whistles today. Among them: ale, beer, mead, wine, cider, Posset (eggnog), aquae vitae (brandy) and sack, the forerunner of modern sherry.
The introduction of bitters — aromatic herbs, roots, seeds and flowers infused in a combination of water and alcohol – allowed for more variety of concoctions and paved the way for modern pharmacognosy. The alcohol component acted as a solvent and a preservative, a significant advancement that extended the shelf-life of Renaissance-era tonics and digestifs. The addition of bitters to wine and brandy eventually gave rise to the modern cocktail, and many of the old recipes live on today.
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HERBS + SPICES SUGGESTION
bulk dried peppermint leaf
peppermint leaf, cut & sifted
The fresh taste of mint lends bright flavor to all sorts of cordials, cocktails and mocktails.
BUY PEPPERMINT LEAF IN BULK >
bulk whole cloves
cloves, whole
The pungent flavor of cloves is the perfect accent to cocktails with citrus fruits and juices.
BUY WHOLE CLOVES IN BULK >
bulk dried peppermint leaf
ginger root, powdered
Exotic ginger root is both spicy and pungent, and pairs nicely with fruits and spices.
BUY GINGER ROOT POWDER IN BULK >
bulk whole cloves
gentian root, powdered
Once used in beer-making, gentian root is also an ingredient in the in famous Stockton herbal bitters.  
BUY WHOLE GENTIAN ROOT IN BULK >
bulk sage leaf
sage, whole 
The savory and slightly peppery flavor profile of the “herb of wisdom” blends beautifully with the sweet taste of honey to make a simple syrup.
BUY SAGE LEAF IN BULK >
bulk powdered nutmeg
nutmeg, powdered
This warm baking spice is also at home in the bartender’s cart. Try it in hot or cold libations, especially those with rum or brandy.
BUY POWDERED NUTMEG IN BULK >


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