From Middle English ypocras, from Old French ipocras, ypocras (Hippocrates), after Medieval Latin vinum Hippocraticum (Hippocrates's wine) (because it was filtered through a Hippocratic sleeve).



hippocras (uncountable)

  1. 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.

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