- A cordial, made from a spiced wine mixed with sugar and spices, usually including cinnamon, which were strained out by a cloth before the drink was consumed.
- 1861 November 23, J. Hamilton Fyfe, “High Days in the Temple”, in The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art, volume V, number 126, New York, N.Y.: Leavitt, Trow, & Co., OCLC 6298914, page 610, column 2:
- It is long since that disorderly potentate [the Lord of Misrule] went the way of the Dodo, and hippocras has become almost as mythical as ambrosia; but, once upon a time, they played a prominent part in legal education.
- 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 4, page 641:
- Spiced wine, sweetened with sugar or honey, perhaps the original of the modern liqueur, was employed occasionally under the name of hippocras.
cordial made from a spiced wine mixed with sugar and spices