Vintage Art Glass Amber Crystal Glass Smokey Topaz Cordial Sherry Stemware with Twisted Stem, set of five, an elegant addition to your barware collection. Absolutely stunning delicate looking set of five cordials in an amber or smoky topaz color bowl with clear twisted stem which continues for a portion on the bowl itself.
No chips or cracks - ready to use! Beautiful shape to the bowls. Each of these amber crystal glass cordials measures 4-3/4" high and weigh 2.6 ounces.
Most cordials were of European origin, first produced in Italian apothecaries during the Renaissance where the art of distilling was refined during the 15th and 16th centuries. It is from this origin that cordials are frequently referred to in French as Liqueurs d'ltalie, it is also from this that we have liqueurs. From the Renaissance onwards, cordials were usually based on alcohol in which certain herbs, spices or other ingredients were allowed to steep.
The first cordials arrived in England in the late 15th century and were called distilled cordial waters. These were strictly used as alcoholic medicines, prescribed in small doses to invigorate and revitalize the heart, body and spirit as well as cure diseases. By the 18th century cordials were being imbibed for their intoxicating effects and medicinal virtues, and were fast becoming recreational drinks, eventually evolving into liqueurs.
Cordials were used to renew the natural heat, recreate and revive the spirits, and free the whole body from the malignity of diseases. Many cordials were also considered aphrodisiacs, a view which encouraged their consumption in a social as opposed to a medical context. Other early varieties of alcoholic cordials were flavored with spices and herbal ingredients which were thought to settle the stomach after excessive eating, leading to the collective name of `surfeit waters' Precious ingredients like gold, pearls and coral were sometimes added. These were believed to revive the spirit and to preclude disease.
Liqueurs, Schnapps, Anise, and Bitters are terms that cover a wide variety of types of spirits. What they all share in common is that they are flavored spirits. Liqueurs (also known as Cordials) are sweet, flavor-infused spirits that are categorized according to the flavoring agent (i.e., fruits, nuts, herbal and spice blends, creams and such). The word liqueur comes from the Latin liquifacere ("to dissolve") and refers to the dissolving of flavorings in the spirits.
There's been a renewed interest in the making and drinking of fruit-flavored cordials and cordial stemware, perhaps best known from the Anne of Green Gables book series by L. M. Montgomery - the traditional Raspberry Cordial.
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