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Re: "Brosa" in Muscovy?

I also think “brosa” is a variant of “brose.” But, because the author indicates that this is a list of “new-fangled drinks,” I think the author is using brosa to refer to a drink, perhaps mead, but more likely a distilled spirit, like vodka. The OED states that “brose” usually refers to a food, as Sergei points out, but it can also refer to a drink, “Athole brose,” which is whiskey and honey. Coffee, chocolate, tea, and distilled spirits were the “new-fangled [and foreign] drinks” of seventeenth-century western Europe, and sherbet also first appeared in western Europe at this time.

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