Fairly wussy stuff, I'm sure you'll agree.
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Looking through the history books, you'll find several variants on the posset theme - the only real constant seems to be eggs, milk or cream and some sort of alcohol.
Some versions use strong ale, while others called for sack, a forerunner of sherry. Sometimes they were consumed hot but often they were allowed to cool and set, forming a hard crust on top and a custardy layer between the crust and the liquid, almost like a sort of alcoholic pie.
It's not the prettiest drink ever, but probably quite unlike anything you've ever tasted.
With this 'ancient and modern' take on the posset, I hedge my bets with a mix of Barley Wine and Oloroso Sherry, with the addition of a shot of Absinthe for extra fortification.
There are no lemons involved.
Insane Clown PossetIngredients - makes a big, pint-sized posset:
|Hey everybody, I'm about to bake a cake. Or am I?|
Full cream milk, about 1/3 pint
Barley wine, about 1/3 pint
Oloroso sherry, a generous shot
Absinthe, a more modest shot (optional)
Heat the milk on the stove in an open pan, and while it is warming up you can begin preparing the eggs, ensuring you have a rough 2-1 ratio of yolk to white.
Whisk the eggs until it's nice and orangey, then add the nutmeg, sugar and vanilla. No, I don't care what you do with those leftover egg whites. Drink them and pretend you're a bodybuilder, maybe?
Now take an empty pint glass and a shot of sherry and, if you dare, a little Absinthe.
|Beer make milk go crazy|
Pour the beery milk into the glass and keep it warm while it sets. If you have an electric hob, than keeping it on the residual heat after you've dialled down to zero is probably the easiest way to accomplish this.
The longer you leave it, the firmer the top will become - if left long enough you'll get a proper crust, but the drinky part will have cooled down by then.
I recommend giving it about half an hour to set and consume while it's still hot - you can use a spoon to eat the custardy froth or drink it through a straw like a thick milkshake.
Best drunk immediately before bedtime or during a hot bath.