Also on these boards
One of our favorite cooling summer beverages here at GCV is called "shrub." It's a funny name for a very pleasant and cooling drink. Hot weather refreshment 19th century style. Historic Recipes, Shrubs
Swedish Sugar Chest, Late 18th Century Transforming sugar into bite-size form is a technical challenge. Beginning in the Middle Ages, sugar loaves were first crushed with a sugar hammer and reduced to handy pieces with a cutting device. After crushing, the lumps of sugar were cut into serving-size pieces with a sugar nip, which resembles a set of pliers. Sugar chests like the one on display, which was used to break the sugar loaves, were an indication of nobility up until the 19th century...