Have your heard mulled wine referred to by the name "whiskey?"
December 1, 2010 1:10 PM Subscribe
I was looking at an Icelandic book of recipes from 1858 that is largely based on Danish cookbooks and in it there's a recipe for "whiskey" which is made from tea, sugar, lemonjuice and white wine. This isn't terribly similar to glühwein or glögg, but not entirely dissimilar. My question is, does anyone know why this is referred to as "whiskey" in the recipe book? Has anyone heard any kind of European mulled wine referred to by that name? Or know another name for mixed wine and tea drinks? I've put the recipe inside.
posted by Kattullus to Food & Drink (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The "whiskey" is made by brewing 30 grams of tea until it is a bit bitter. The tea is poured through cloth onto a kilo of sugar which has had two lemons worth of lemonjuice squirted on top of it. Then three bottles of "Rhine wine" (presumably German Riesling white wine) are thrown in there as well and the whole thing boiled and served hot.
Having read other recipes in the cookbook and various guidelines for handling and storing food, I have to say that the book is generally of quite high quality. This is the only conspicuously weird recipe I could see at first glance. I'm presuming that the recipe for "whiskey" came from a
For added weirdness, the name "whiskey" is glossed as "Irish liquor" in the cookbook, which means that the either the author of the cookbook knew what whiskey was or the writer of the original recipe.