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Wednesdays With Will #14 - Recipes

Characters in Shakespeare's plays eat and drink a lot of different kinds of dishes. From ale to meat pies, there's plenty of quaffing and feasting in the Bard's works. Today, we're going to try out a historically accurate recipe that anyone can enjoy, Cider Syllabub, before moving on to the adults-only A Midsummer Night's Beam.

This week, make these Shakespearean drinks! Research or invent other period-accurate or Shakespeare-inspired recipes! Send anything you make to - we want to see it, and we might even try to make it ourselves.

Cider Syllabub

Taken from The Shakespeare Cookbook by Andrew and Maureen Dalby


  • 1/2 cup apple cider

  • 3 tsp. light brown sugar

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 tbsp. simple syrup

  • 1 tbsp. sugar or vanilla sugar

  • Nutmeg, to taste (optional)


  1. Combine apple cider and light brown sugar in a small bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes until light brown sugar dissolves.

  2. Add cider mixture and heavy whipping cream to a mixing bowl.

  3. Beat cider and cream with an electric mixer until mixture reaches soft peaks.

  4. Use simple syrup and sugar to rim a glass.

  5. Spoon cider syllabub into glass.

  6. Top with nutmeg if desired, and enjoy!

A Midsummer Night's Beam

Must be 21 or older to make - please drink responsibly!


  • 8 mint leaves

  • 1/2 oz. lime juice

  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar

  • Ice cubes

  • 2 oz. Jim Beam® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (or other bourbon as preferred)

  • Club soda or tonic water to taste


  1. Add mint leaves, lime juice and granulated sugar to a glass.

  2. Muddle to combine.

  3. Add ice.

  4. Add bourbon.

  5. Top with club soda or tonic water to desired level.

  6. Stir, sip, enjoy!

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