"Vous faut prendre trois pintes* de meilleur vin blanc, une livre et demie de sucre, plus ou moins, une once* de cannelle, deux ou trois feuilles de marjolaine, deux grains de poivre sans piller. Passez le tout dans une chauffe avec un petit grain de musc et deux ou trois morceaux de citron : après quoi, laissez infuser le tout ensemble pendant trois ou quatre heures."

Take 3 pints of good white wine, a pound and a half of sugar, an ounce of of cinnamon, two or three leaves of marjoram, two whole peppercorns. Heat all with a small nutmeg and two or three pieces of lemon. Leave to infuse for three or four hours.

Par le sieur de La Varanne, Ecuyer de cuisine de Mr le Marquis d'Vxelles en l'an de grâce 1689.

 

Or you can buy Hypocras, made in Ariège using the recipe from the court of Gaston Phoebus.

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