History: These cannibalistic cocktail cures will leave you shaken and stirred

A 'brain-tini' was served to patients with epilepsy

These 17th-century curative cocktails bring a whole new meaning to the phrase 'sculling your drink'.


Touted as a cure for epilepsy — or ‘falling’ sickness, as it used to be known — English physician-cum-mixologist Dr John French came up with the following concoction:

“Take the brains of a young man that has died a violent death, together with the membranes, arteries, veins, nerves, all the pith of the back, and bruise these in a stone mortar until they become a kind of pap.”

This mashed brain matter was then steeped