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A cordial made from wine and flavored with spices, formerly used as a medicine.

[Middle English ipocras, from Old French ypocras, hypocras, from alteration of Hippocras, Hippocrates.]


(Cookery) an old English drink of wine flavoured with spices
[C14 ypocras, from Old French: Hippocrates, probably referring to a filter called Hippocrates' sleeve]


(ˈhɪp əˌkræs)

(in the Middle Ages) a medicinal cordial of spiced wine.
[1325–75; Middle English ypocras, appar. short for ypocras wyn, translation of Medieval Latin vīnum hippocraticum; so called because filtered through a strainer named after Hippocrates]
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That," replied Oudarde dryly, "does not prevent the Flemings having very fine horses, and having had a superb supper yesterday with monsieur, the provost of the merchants, at the Hôtel-de-Ville, where they were served with comfits and hippocras, and spices, and other singularities.
It was at the Petit Bourbon," replied Gervaise, with no less spirit, "and this is what monsieur the cardinal's procurator presented to them: twelve double quarts of hippocras, white, claret, and red; twenty-four boxes of double Lyons marchpane, gilded; as many torches, worth two livres a piece; and six demi-queues* of Beaune wine, white and claret, the best that could be found.
Well," resumed Oudarde, presenting her with a flagon; "here is some hippocras which will warm you; drink it.
You must drink a little hippocras and eat this leavened cake of maize, which we have baked for you.
One who wrote for the newsletter Mercurius Britanicus claimed that a writer for the royalist newsletter Mercurius Aulicus had lost his wits, and no form of stimulant, alcoholic or literary, would rouse him from this state of dullness: "not to be recovered by the Protestant or Catholique liquour, either Ale or strong beer, or Sack, or Claret, or Hippocras, or Muscadine, or Rosasolis, which hath been reputed formerly by his Grand-father Ben Johnson, and his Uncle Shakespeare, and his Couzen Germains, Fletcher, and Beamont, [sic] and nose-lesse Davenant, and Frier Sherley the Poets, the onely blossoms for the brain, the restoratives for the wit.
40) In courtly circles, this was always an elaborate and ritualistic affair, in which all the plate was highly decorative and gilded, and in which spiced wafers and sweetmeats were served with sweetly scented wines such as hippocras and muscadine.
To celebrate, a banquet of a wide variety of dishes including meat, a rarity for those of the Benedictine order, were enjoyed along with pigmentum or hippocras, a mulled wine prepared with cinnamon, honey, and pepper.
Marry, it was Hippocras rather" (Letter of 5 April 1823).