As this beverage is more usually drunk at children's parties than at any other, the wine need not be very old or expensive for the purpose, a new fruity wine answering very well for it.

Allow 1 pint of wine, with the other ingredients in proportion, for a party of 9 or 10 children.

Ed. Note: Modern sensibilities would substitute grape juice for the wine.

  1. 1 pint of port wine
  2. 1 quart of boiling water
  3. 1/4 lb. of sugar
  4. 1 lemon
  5. grated nutmeg to taste
  • Put the wine into a jug
  • Rub some lumps of sugar (equal to 1/4 lb.) on the lemon-rind until all the yellow part of the skin is absorbed
  • Squeeze the juice, and strain it
  • Add the sugar and lemon-juice to the port wine, with the grated nutmeg
  • pour over it the boiling water, cover the jug, and, When the beverage has cooled a little, it will be fit for use

  • Negus may also be made of sherry, or any other sweet white wine, but is more usually made of port than of any other beverage.

    Source: The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton (1859)

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