What is posset?

A. An old English pudding that was made with squirrel and rabbit, and historically served around the holidays

B. The forerunner of egg nog, made with curdled milk 

C. The historic name for a fake dessert that looks like it is sweet but isn’t

D. A Scottish concoction of oatmeal, stale cheese, and bacon, sauteed together and served for breakfast Christmas morning


Posset, a British cocktail consisting of curdled milk, alcohol, and sugar was the precursor to eggnog. Royalty thickened their posset with cream or curds, leaving commoners to turn to more inexpensive options such as eggs. Consumed for both pleasure and health, posset was even prescribed in 1620 to King Charles I for a cold. Shakespeare mentioned the drink in both Hamlet and The Merry Wives of Windsor. To make your own, heat about one cup of cream or whole milk along with 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar, a teaspoon of grated ginger (or more if you’re a ginger fan), and a splash of rose water. Serve in your fanciest glass and feel free to add the whiskey or spirit of your choice.

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