The centerpieces of ancient Roman townhouses, peristyle gardens were lush and vibrant with decorative plants. Here, you can read about ancient Roman homes, the flowers grown in them, and a recipe for rose wine you can try. A photo I took of the rosatum in a glass after three weeks of steeping, with extra rose… Continue reading Rosatum (Rose Wine)
With colder winters and the conclusion of Saturnalia and the modern holiday season, now seems like as good a time as any to write about the Romans’ version of mulled wine. Here, a brief history of spices in wine and a recipe to try yourself. A photo of the conditum paradoxum I made. Real peppery!… Continue reading Conditum Paradoxum: Surprise Wine?
You read that right! Though it’s nothing glamorous, water provided everything ancient peoples ate and drank, forming the basis of all dishes — this still hasn’t changed. Here you can read about how Romans got and used water, plus a recipe to try. The Pont du Gard aqueduct, one of the best-preserved and arguably the… Continue reading Water: The Real Aqua Vitae
Wine was a favorite drink of the Romans, but women weren’t supposed to drink. According to legend, they came up with a sweeter variety, which was made with raisins. Here is a story of the drink and a recipe you can prepare. A glass of the passum, or raisin wine, I prepared using the recipe… Continue reading Passum: A Most Delicate Drink
Popular among the legionaries and proletariat of Rome, this drink had several invigorating side effects, which you can experience in your own kitchen! A mosaic of a flagon and cup of a beverage, assumed to be wine. Could it actually be posca? From the Bardo National Museum, Tunis. Roman legionaries were renowned for their physical… Continue reading Posca: Ancient Gatorade?