Hypocras 1

Hypocras is a spiced red wine drink. It can be made in a number of way. Here is a surprisingly exact recipe from 1577. The recipe says it is a very old Greek recipe. I am pretty sure I have read that elsewhere as well.

Preparation of hypocrasThis recipe is from “Lægebog : I-VI” af Henrik Smith, 1577

“Denne Drick Ipocras kaldies effter Ipocratem læge/ som først den paafant/ oc idelige brugede/ oc findis almindelige i alle Apotecker berede/ oc den skal saaledis beredis.

Tag den beste Canel du kant faa/ halffandet lodt/ godt hvit Ingefær i lodt/ Galliga it halffit lodt/ støt disse småt til pulver/ leg det saa i it Glas/ lad der paa halfftredic potte god rød Vin/ oc Sucker saa meget/ effter som du vilt haffve det sødt til/ lad de saa staa en nat tilsammen.”

For your convenience I have re-calculated the measurements to teaspoons since most of us do not have a really accurate kitchen scales.  You should see the Excel sheet.

Smith also give the recipe for another version of hypocras with several ekstra spices.

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 24h

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of redwine
  • 9 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 6 teaspoons ginger
  • 3 teaspoons galanga
  • sugar to taste (other recipes shows about 100 g)

Instructions

  1. Mix the spices and the wine and leave overnight.
  2. If you bottle it, it apparently keeps well

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