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To Make rosemary Water

This is an excerpt from The Good Housewife's Jewell
(England, 1596)
The original source can be found at

To make Rosemary water. Take the Rosemarye, and the flowres in the middest of May, before sunne arise, and strippe the leaues and the flowres from the stalke, take foure or fiue alicompane rootes, and a handfull or two of Sage, then beate the Rosemarye, the Sage and rootes together, till they be very small, and take three ounces of Cloues, iij ounces of Mace, iij. ounces of Quibles, halfe a pound of Anniseedes, and beate these spices euery one by it self. Then take all the hearbes and the Spices, and put therein foure or fiue gallons of good white wine, then put [i]n all these Hearbes and Spices, and Wine, into an earthen pot, and put the same pot in the ground the space of sixteene dayes, then take it vp, and styll in a Styll with a very soft fire.


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