Photo credit: Sandy Agrafiotis

When we first moved to the farm, and John brought over his goats, we attempted to make this popular 17th century beverage/dessert in the traditional manner –  by milking a goat straight into a bowl of hard cider.

However we recently came across this recipe – which while also historically accurate – is a little more accessible for the home cook. The recipe comes from the book Imagining Ichabod: My Journey into 18th-Century America through History, Food, and a Georgian House by Paula Bennett, published by Bauer and Dean. It’s a great book that examines, in historic detail, what it’s like to live in a historic house like Beekman 1802 Farm.

This is a wonderfully fun sweet drink that doubles as a dessert – and there’s nothing better at a party than a recipe with a story behind it. Especially a historic one.



  • 2½ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 lemon, preferably Meyer lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup sweet white wine like a Sauterne
  • ¼ cup dry sherry
  • ¼ cup dessert sherry

Additional Information

  • Prep Time: 2hr
  • Cook Time: 15m


Combine cream, sugar, and lemon zest in a large bowl.

Combine lemon juice, wine, and both sherries in a separate small bowl

Stirring constantly, pour this liquid combination into the cream and sugar mixture, then whip vigorously with a wire whisk for about 15 minutes (or about 10 minutes if using an electric mixer; just be careful not to over mix, as it could turn into butter), until somewhat thick and opaque.

Refrigerate for about 4 hours, then ladle into individual serving glasses.

Refrigerate for an additional 4 hours, or overnight, by which time the cream will have thickened considerably and risen to the top, and a small amount of the winy liquid will have settled to the bottom.

by Josh and Brent

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Hi Dina,

I believe what they mean by “cook” just refers to the time spent whisking the ingredients together. Not actually cooking with heat. I’ve never had this but will most definitely try it this year. Always looking for new and interesting recipes…sounds delish! Merry Christmas!