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A spiced drink of hot sweetened milk curdled with wine or ale.

[Middle English poshet, possot : perhaps Old French *posce (Latin pōsca, drink of vinegar and water from potāre, to drink; see potable + Latin esca, food, from edere, to eat; see edible) + Middle English hot, hot; see hot.]


(Cookery) a drink of hot milk curdled with ale, beer, etc, flavoured with spices, formerly used as a remedy for colds
[C15 poshoote, of unknown origin]


(ˈpɒs ɪt)

a drink of hot milk curdled with ale or wine and often spiced.
[1400–50; late Middle English poshote, possot, of uncertain orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.posset - sweet spiced hot milk curdled with ale or beer
drink - a single serving of a beverage; "I asked for a hot drink"; "likes a drink before dinner"


heiße Milch mit Bier oder Wein und Gewürzen
(of baby)erbrochene Milch
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There's no comfort for me no more," she went on, the tears coming when she began to speak, "now thy poor feyther's gone, as I'n washed for and mended, an' got's victual for him for thirty 'ear, an' him allays so pleased wi' iverything I done for him, an' used to be so handy an' do the jobs for me when I war ill an' cumbered wi' th' babby, an' made me the posset an' brought it upstairs as proud as could be, an' carried the lad as war as heavy as two children for five mile an' ne'er grumbled, all the way to Warson Wake, 'cause I wanted to go an' see my sister, as war dead an' gone the very next Christmas as e'er come.
Yes, I said, and I do not believe that there were any such diseases in the days of Asclepius; and this I infer from the circumstance that the hero Eurypylus, after he has been wounded in Homer, drinks a posset of Pramnian wine well besprinkled with barley-meal and grated cheese, which are certainly inflammatory, and yet the sons of Asclepius who were at the Trojan war do not blame the damsel who gives him the drink, or rebuke Patroclus, who is treating his case.
Sucked the blood out of the wound, and sprinkled soothing remedies, but they never prescribed what the patient was afterwards to eat or drink in the case of Menelaus, any more than in the case of Eurypylus; the remedies, as they conceived, were enough to heal any man who before he was wounded was healthy and regular in habits; and even though he did happen to drink a posset of Pramnian wine, he might get well all the same.
But I was by this time so weary that I could have slept twelve hours at a stretch; I had the taste of sleep in my throat; my joints slept even when my mind was waking; the hot smell of the heather, and the drone of the wild bees, were like possets to me; and every now and again I would give a jump and find I had been dozing.
Opposite me, lemon posset was the choice, with meringue, macaroons and fresh berries.
There are new puddings too, with lemon posset with chocolate crumble and blueberry compote (PS4.
He and his wife Jane served up dishes on the show including sweet chilli glazed cod with buttered peanuts on a pea puree, a trio of stuffed pork, tenderloin and other meats and lemon posset with raspberry coulis and shortbread.
Jim passed on dessert but the salted popcorn posset, with candied bacon and pecan brittle, had me intrigued.
This is actually just a really good recipe for lemon posset and doesn't require any extra baking once you've filled your tart shells.
I enjoyed fried gnocchi followed by a main of roasted cauliflower and a passion fruit posset dessert which was out of this world.
A trio of sweets was a highlight of the evening - a refreshing lemon posset, a perfectly textured ice cream in a crisp biscuit basket and a light sticky toffee pudding that wasn't ruinously sweet.
Wood finished the meal with a refreshing lemon posset, garnished with flowers.