Top 10 Shakespearean drinks


CanariesCanary sack was well-known in England by the time of Shakespeare. According to the Bard, it was “a marvellous, searching wine; and it perfumes the blood ‘ere one can say ‘What’s this?'”.

Believed to have been been normally rather sweeter than Sherry Sack and closer to Malaga, it was fortified and made from the Malmsey (or Malvasia) grape.

It remained popular through to the eighteenth century.

Sir Toby and Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night favour Canary over sherry sack, while Falstaff, although he drinks Canary, prefers Sherry Sack. Each to their own.


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