Top 10 Shakespearean drinks

Aqua vitae

aquavitaeAqua vitae is likely to cover most forms of spirit, so it could be brandy or a form of whisky. It’s mentioned six times by Shakespeare, and it’s always talked of as a restorative or therapeutic drink in contrast to wine or beer.

The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet asks for it twice: the first time when she explains the death of Tybalt, and Romeo’s banishment; the second time when she discovers the apparently dead Juliet in her bed. She seems to use it like smelling salts.

 

 

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