I not sure most women drank straight corn whiskey during the Civil War era, so what would an average lady drink? Good wine was expensive so perhaps only well off women would have drank good wine. Beer was coming in to popularity at the time of the Civil War, so was beer considered an acceptable drink for ladies? Can I assume that wives of poorer farmers hit the cider barrel with some regularity? I understand women might indulge in sherry-cobblers. A refined lady would sip her sherry-cobbler through a "sucker". A "sucker" was the 1800s equivalent of a modern straw. Because paper straws were not yet around other materials were for sucker were used. According in a 1848 American dictionary: Sucker, a tube used for sucking sherry-cobblers. They are made of silver, glass. straw, or sticks of macaroni. Sticks of Macaroni?
I know that both rum and gin were drank by the time of the Civil War but do not know how widely available they were. I understand "Planter's Punch" was popular in some areas and "Planter's Punch" was usually made from rum and citrus juices. This sounds like a drink ladies might enjoy.
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