Hypocras – 3


I found another recipe for hypocras when I visited The Old Town in Aarhus this week.

The source

Modified version of doctor Henrik Smid’s recipe in “En skøn lystig ny Urtegaard…”; Malmø 1546 og printed Rostock 1599, page 155-56.

About the recipe the good doctor says:

Denne Drik er en lystig og kostelig Drik til gamle Mennesker og særdeles om Vinteren om Morgenen fastendes drukket styrker og varmer den kolde Maver og god for Hjertens og alle Seners kolde Sygdomme. Denne Drik skulle unge Mennesker ikke bruge for sin store hedes skyld. 1

or in modern english

This drink is merry and precious beverage for old people, particularly for winter mornings, drunk on an empty stomach, warms the cold stomach and is good for the heart and all manners of cold tendons ailments. This is not a drink young people should drink, just for the heat of the drink.

Hypenkras: Fortified hypocras

A medieval spiced wine that was popular way up until the 1800's. This simple version of the recipe is really easy to make and quite tasty. This is a fortified version, where cognac has been added. This is also a version of doctor Henrik Smid recipe.
Course Drinks and beverages
Cuisine 19th century, Historical cooking, Medieval, Renaissance
Keyword medieval, mulled wine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Servings 1 bottle


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 200 ml cognac
  • 60 g brown sugar
  • 0,5 ts black pepper whole
  • 0,5 ts nutmeg grated
  • 1 ts ginger grated
  • 1 ts cardamom pods
  • 10 cloves whole

Recipe Notes

Source: Den Gamle By. Modified version of doctor Henrik Smid's recipe in "En skøn lystig ny Urtegaard…"; Malmø 1546 og printed Rostock 1599, page 155-56.

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