Market Lavington Museum

Home made alcoholic drinks

Lucretia E Gye’s recipe book contains several sets of instructions for making alcoholic beverages. These would have been seasonal recipes for use when various fruits were available.

So we can find out how to make rhubarb wine, using a recipe Ethel Gye had been given by Mr Wells.

If you had collected a gallon of dandelions, or twice as many if using Mrs Well’s slightly more lemony recipe, you could make wine from those.

Later in the year, when the blackthorn bushes had ripe sloe fruits on them, it was time to pack them into bottles with unsweetened gin, sugar candy, cloves and almond essence.