July 1756, Sweden

The Swedes, especially the lower-class, really like brandy wine, and although it is often explained by the cold climate, the consumption of this fiery drink is quite high in summers too, and farmers would rather do without eating than without beer and brandy wine.

It is sometimes said that Russians, the Swedish neighbours, love brandy wine so much that they drink it from spectacular glasses; nevertheless, the Swedes are just as able to welcome such a strong spirit in them. They have a habit to stimulate appetite and gastric activity by emptying a decent glass before a meal.

Lunch usually starts with fresh or salted beef or fish followed by soup and other dishes.


July in Creative Museum Planner 2018 Designed by H2E.

Fragment from Nikolaus von Himsel (1729–1764) three volume travel diary, Latvian Academic Library, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts

Edgars Ceske