Top 10 Shakespearean drinks


MacbethNowadays, a Posset is a dessert of thickened cream, often flavoured with lemon, but in Elizabethan times it was a drink of hot milk, curdled with ale or wine, generally flavoured with spices and probably with the addition of sugar.

Not to modern tastes, perhaps, but Lady Macbeth used a poisoned version of a Posset to entice the grooms outside King Duncan’s quarters, so they sleep through Macbeth’s murder of the King:

“The doors are open, and the surfeited grooms do mock their charge with snores: I have drugged their possets”, says Lady Macbeth, urging her husband to make use of the opportunity this presents.

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