Cups and Their Customs was first published in 1863, and was written by George Edwin Roberts and Henry Porter. The majority of the book is made up of an ‘ambling’ discussion on the history of drink, and compound drinks, first in ancient Europe and then latterly Britain – some of it very entertaining and interesting. However, in the last part of the book there are some notable recipes, split between ‘old recipes’ and ‘new recipes’ (new in the sense of Victorian 1800s drink recipes) and many of these are easy to follow and recreate.
The authors describe their work thus: “The principal object of these pages is to furnish a collection of recipes for the brewing of compound drinks, technically termed “Cups”, all of which have been selected with the most scrupulous attention to the rules of gastronomy, and their virtues tested and approved by repeated trials … In doing this, we have endeavoured to simplify the matter as much as possible, adding such hints and remarks as may prove serviceable to the uninitiated, whilst we have discarded a goodly number of modern compounds as unpalatable and unscientific”.
INDEX TO THE RECIPES
PAGE 1 » INDEX
PAGE 2 » PREFACE
PAGE 3 » CUPS AND THEIR CUSTOMS * EARLY PERIOD *
PAGE 4 » CUPS AND THEIR CUSTOMS * GREEKS AND ROMANS *
PAGE 5 » CUPS AND THEIR CUSTOMS * ANGLO-SAXONS *
PAGE 6 » CUPS AND THEIR CUSTOMS * MEDIEVAL PERIOD * YPOCRAS RECIPE * SACK POSSET RECIPE *
PAGE 7 » CUPS AND THEIR CUSTOMS * THE 1700s AND ONWARDS *
PAGE 8 » CUPS AND THEIR CUSTOMS * THE REGENCY AND VICTORIAN PERIOD *
PAGE 9 » HINTS TO CUP BREWERS * PUNCH RECIPES *
PAGE 10 » OLD RECIPES * METHEGLIN * LAMBSWOOL * WASSAIL * POSSETS * GRACE CUPS * JULEP * BISHOP *
PAGE 11 » MODERN RECIPES PT 1 * PUNCH * Recipe for Punch * Guava Punch * Gin Punch Recipe * Whisky Punch Recipe * Regent’s Punch * MILK PUNCH * Recipe for Milk Punch * Cambridge Milk Punch * Cold Milk Punch * VARIATIONS OF PUNCH * TODDY *
PAGE 12 » MODERN RECIPES PT 2 * WINE CUPS * Claret Cup * Mulled Claret * Burgundy Cup * Hock Cup * Champagne Cup * Loving Cup * Djonka * Moselle Cup * Hock Cup * Mulled Port * Mulled Sherry * Sherry Cobler * Sherry Cooler * White’s Club House Cup * CIDER CUPS * Cider Cup * Morgan’s Herefordshire Cup * The “Field” Cider Cup *
PAGE 13 » MODERN RECIPES PT 3 * BEER CUPS * Hot Ale Cup * Copus Cup * Donaldson’s Beer Cup * Freemasons’ Cup * Egg Flip * LIQUEURS * Recipe for Curacoa * Recipe for Cherry Brandy * Recipe for Brandy Bitters * Recipe for Ginger Brandy * A HUNTING FLASK *