[Sca-cooks] How old is barley water?

Johnna Holloway johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Thu May 17 07:34:18 PDT 2007

Here's another recipe
86. To make BarleyWater,

Take a penny-worth of Barley, a penny-worth of Raisins of the Sun, a 
penny-worth of Anniseeds, a half penny-worth of Liquorish, about two 
quarts of water, boil all together till half be consumed, then strain 
it, and when it is cold drink it, your Liquorish must be sliced into 
small pieces.

The Accomplish'd lady's delight in preserving, physick, beautifying, and 
cookery. 1675


Johnna wrote:
> That combination turns up in the 17th century in books on cures for the
> plague.
>> On May 17, 2007, at 8:05 AM, Volker Bach wrote:snipped
>>>  Now I'm wondering whether barley water
>>> makes sense. it sounds interesting and gets mentioned
>>> quite a bit in 'period' contexts, but is it
>>> documentable?
>> I'm almost positive there's a licorice-flavored barley-water for the  
>> sick in Le Menagier...
>> Of course, there was the time we made a completely unfermented ale  
>> the morning of an East Kingdom Twelfth Night, and everyone wanted to  
>> know if the sweet iced tea we were serving was period...
>> Adamantius
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