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ICED MILK WITH HONEY RESULTS

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I sampled the results of my medieval experiment with iced milk with honey. It had a lot of sweetness, creaminess, and a slightly spicy aftertaste from the cinnamon. I can definitely envision this drink as a breakfast or dessert drink in my fantasy series.

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MEDIEVAL RECIPE: ICED MILK WITH HONEY

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I am experimenting with a new medieval recipe I came across: iced milk with honey. This picture features the ingredients I will be using in this experiment. As I am about to begin the second volume of my fantasy series, I seek new opportunities to try medieval cuisine. For this case, I think this would be a nice breakfast or dessert drink.

You combine one cup of milk, two tablespoons of honey, and a pinch of cinnamon. I then mix them together the ingredients before pouring them into a glass and adding a few ice cubes. Then I let the drink chill for an hour. I am currently waiting for my timer to sound so I can taste the fruit of my labors. I will keep you updated.

SAMPLING SOUP AND BREAD

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At the medieval reenactment, I got to sample a special kind of soup. It is a centuries-old Russian recipe that is a vegetable recipe with cabbage and kale. I even had the option to include some stewed pork. The pork was tender, the cabbage was mildly crunchy, and the broth was filling and rich. In addition, I tried bread from the period and it had a somewhat subtle vegan taste despite being bread. There will be scenes in my fantasy book that take place in a tavern or inn and I think this soup and bread would be something the characters could order.

HYPOCRAS EXPERIMENT RESULTS

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After letting the hypocras marinate in the sugar and spices for 24 hours, I tasted the final results of the experiment. The combination of richness, sweetness, and spiciness has intensified, but not to the point of being intolerable. It very much had a kind of Christmas feel to it. Who knows? I might make this a drink for the Holidays. I will definitely include this drink in my fantasy book because it will be enjoyed by the filthy rich such as emperors or kings or barons.

I MADE HYPOCRAS

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Today, I managed to brew five bottles of hypocras, which is a medieval drink that was a form of medicinal wine that helped a king get through the night and help digest his countless meals. I used a non-alcoholic recipe in which I used grape juice instead of red wine. I had a small taste of the hypocras and it tasted exactly as it did in a documentary I watched. It was sweet, spicy, and rich all at the same time. I believe this will increase after the hypocras marinates in the sugar and spices for a day or two. I will wait for the results and keep you updated.

HYPOCRAS EXPERIMENT

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Soon, I will be undertaking an experiment in which I try to recreate a medieval form of win called hypocras, which is a medicinal red wine seasoned by various spices. The spices that went into hypocras helped tend to ailments such as heart burn and flatulence. During the Tudor Dynasty, Henry VIII drank this in order to help with his digestion from his countless meals and help him get through the night. In documentaries I have watched and studied, it was described as rich and spicy, but now I will be able to find out what it is like firsthand. I will conduct this experiment and document the results. Wish me luck!