Cock Ale
Recipe Type: Punch
Author: Drinking Cup
[url href=”http://www.drinkingcup.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/1727-the-complete-housewife-or-accomplished-gentlewomen_s-companion-eliza-smith-21.jpg”][img src=”http://www.drinkingcup.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/1727-the-complete-housewife-or-accomplished-gentlewomen_s-companion-eliza-smith-21.jpg” alt=”” width=”143″ height=”99″ class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-259″][/url][br][i]”The Complete Housewife or Accomplished Gentlewomen’s Companion”[/i] was written by Eliza Smith and first published in London in 1727. It became the first ever cookbook published in America when printed fifteen years later in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Amongst directions of how best to care for both your household and husband alike, were many food and punch recipes including the strikingly entitled “Cock Ale” directing the use of a chicken to enliven the body of punch. While today this would be seen simply as a stock, during the 17th and 18th centuries it was not uncommon to use the offcuts of meat (including horse of which there was plenty) as a means of enlivening the often cheaply produced ales.
Ingredients
  • 10 gallons of ale
  • 1 whole chicken (older the better)
  • 2 quarts of sack [cheap fortified Spanish white wine]
  • 3 pounds of raisins
  • Blades of mace
  • Cloves
Instructions
  1. Take ten gallons of ale [sic], and a large cock, the older the better.
  2. Parboil the cock, flea him [flay], and stamp him in a stone mortar till his bones are broken (you must craw and gut him when you flay him), then put the cock into two quarts of sack, and put to it three pounds of raisins of the sun stoned, some blades of mace, and a few cloves.
  3. Put all this into a canvas bag and a little before you find the ale has done working, put the ale and bag together into a vessel; in a week or nine days bottle it up.
Notes
[url href=”http://drinkingcup.net/library/”][i]The Complete Housewife or Accomplished Gentlewomen’s Companion, Eliza Smith – William Parks Publishing, 1742 [/i][/url]