Category Archives: Beverages

Pomegranate Syrup

Pomegranate Syrup

Thoughts: I hadn’t realized until someone asked me recently online if I had a good pomegranate recipe that I was, in fact, completely lacking any such thing. I use pomegranate seeds a lot as a garnish in photos, and love to snack on them, but

Syllabub Recipe, from The Inn at the Crossroads


   Thoughts: I had my doubts about this one, but once again, our culinary ancestors were onto something. There are countless recipes for syllabubs throughout historical cookbooks, at least back into the 16th century. They also seem to come in two basic versions- in the

Dried heather for brewing

April Brewing Update

Another fun month of brews! The house is starting to warm up, which means that the yeasts are more self sufficient, and need less coddling from me to keep them active and happy. Phew! I had a surprise from my Imitation Port recipe mid-month. I

Strawberry Lemonsweet

Strawberry Lemonsweet

Season three is proving to be much more ripe with food than any other season. Here’s another one from the HBO show: See that pitcher on the bottom right? The one with what could only be lemonsweet with strawberries in it? That’s the special at

Dried Elderberry Cordial

March Brewing Update

Another busy month in the wine cellar of the Inn! The brews struggled with the chilly temperatures of the late winter, made worse by a lack of insulation on the floor, and cheap windows. I tried a variety of solutions, ranging from electric heating pads

Strawberry Ginger Mint Sekanjabin


 This is a great historic Persian treat, that is, in a way, like medieval gatorade. The base recipe is sugar and vinegar, but the possibilities for added flavors and ingredients are as limitless as your imagination. I’ve included both a basic, traditional recipe, and one of

Metheglin Featured, photo by Rachael Cerrotti

Metheglin Mead

Metheglin Mead Thoughts: I started my batch in April, bottled in May, and tried it at the end of August, about 5 months later. At this point, it’s ever so slightly fizzy when first cracked open, and a beautiful light golden color. It smells like

Ambrosia Farms Mead Kit, photo by Rachael Cerrotti

Mead Kits

 Elderberry Mead, with kit For those of you looking for an easier approach to meads, let me recommend the kits sold by Ambrosia Farm. I tried out their Elderberry mead kit, and was delighted with the result! It produces a short mead, similar to what

Wildling Cider featured

Wildling Cider

“Before Mance, Varamyr Sixskins had been a lord of sorts. He lived alone in a hall of moss and mud and hewn logs that had once been Haggon’s, attended by his beasts. A dozen villages did him homage in bread and salt and cider, offering

Plum Wine, Featured

Plum Wine

 “The queen took a flagon of sweet plum wine from a passing serving girl and filled Sansa’s cup. ‘Drink,’ she commanded coldly. ‘Perhaps it will give you the courage to deal with truth for a change.’” –A Clash of Kings Plum Wine Thoughts: Usually I


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