Beverages (from Sir Francis Bacon’s “New Atlantis”)

51HZ0NSjHdL._AA160_We have drinks also brewed with several herbs, and roots, and spices; yea with several fleshes, and white meats; whereof some of the drinks are such, as they are in effect meat and drink both; so that many, especially in age, do desire to live with them, with little or no meat, or bread. And above all we strive to have drinks of extreme thin parts, to insinuate into the body, and yet without all biting, sharpness, or fretting; insomuch as some of them, put upon the back of your hand, will, with a little stay, pass through to the palm, and yet taste mild to the mouth. We have also waters, which we ripen in that fashion, as they become nourishing; so that they are indeed excellent drink; and many will use no other.

Sir Francis Bacon: The New Atlantis, 1626