A mixture of black treacle and gin, an old sailor's drink.
Commercial Treacle-Gin (With some Treacle Tart)
J. Boswell's 'Life Johnson' of 1781 has; "They [the Cornish fishermen] call it Mahogany; and it is made of two parts gin and one part treacle, well beat together." (OED)
In 1781, Boswell and Johnson were in Devon, visiting their friend Joshua Reynolds. It was ‘a most agreeable day’ and many acquaintances were present, among them the Cornishman Edward Craggs-Eliot, who would become the first Baron Eliot of Port-Eliot three years later. Of the few details recounted of this meeting by Boswell in his Life of Johnson, the following caught my attention:
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