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Syllabubs Recipe

Dining at CW

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The syllabub is a popular 18th-century dessert consisting of cream treated with an acid, usually citrus juice, and mixed with wine. There are different types of syllabubs based on their mixing style. For those who have enjoyed a glass of Syllabubs while dining at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kings Arms Tavern and are looking to recreate it at home, we have included the Kings Arms Tavern recipe for Syllabubs to make at home.

Kings Arms Tavern


Recipe by:   Colonial Williamsburg

Servings:     8 – 5 oz. portions

  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2/3 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 1/3 Cup Dry Sherry
  • 2 Lemons, grated rind, and juice
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar

Grate lemon rind and squeeze juice into a large bowl. Add white wine, sherry, and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Whip whipping cream until medium peaks form. Add whipped cream to the mixture and fold it together. Pour mixture into wine glasses and let set overnight in the refrigerator. The syllabus will separate and be ready to enjoy the next day. Garnish with fresh mint and berries.

Watch our historic foodways staff cook this recipe, then try it at home.




Dining at CW
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