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1.A medieval drink based on the French and Saxon drink of piment. It consisted of sweet wine, even further sweetened with honey and flavoured with herbs and spices (some medicinal). It was consumed as an after dinner drink, in the manner of an extra sweet Hippocras. See 'Hippocras'; 'Piment'

2.(Salvia Sclarea) A herb native to Central and Southern Europe, sometimes known as clary or muscatel sage. It has much longer leaves than other sage types, the pointed leaves growing up to 20cm/20 ins. These can replace sage in recipes (see photograph).

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