Hot milk with black treacle and spices. There are numerous variations, some may include ale, cider, vinegar or wine and one version, reported in the Bolton Chronicle (Saturday 02 June 1855), has camomile flowers. A restorative drink, especially for colds.
See also: Posset
Original Receipt in 'The Cook and Housekeeper's Dictionary' by Mary Eaton (Eaton 1822);
TREACLE POSSET. Add two table-spoonfuls of treacle to a pint of milk, and when ready to boil, stir it briskly over the fire till it curdles. Strain it off after standing covered a few minutes. This whey promotes perspiration, is suitable for a cold, and children will take it very freely.
For other species of spicebeer, see:
Caudel or Caudle
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