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A Cordial is a drink, traditionally made using herbs and perhaps other ingredients, that is designed to have benefit to health, typically invigorating or rejuvenating.
Cordials were originally intended for use in medicine, but gradually their use drifted more towards the recreational.
Cordials have bene in use since at least prior to the 14th century - and were mentioned by Chaucer in his "Prologue to the Canterbury Tales" (The Doctor of Physick).
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