I was reading Peter Kupfer's scholarly piece Amber Shine and Black Dragon Pearls: The History of Chinese Wine Culture (June 2018). During the Song Dynasty (960–1279), it says,

large amounts of surplus crops provided plenty of raw material for the production of a broad variety of alcohol beverages. These activities generated an impressive collection of encyclopedic works about jiu, for example Jiumingji (Catalogue of names of alcoholic drinks) listing altogether 223 different kinds, with sometimes curious names and ingredients (like a drink called "White Lamb" fermented with lamb meat broth).

Google informs me that the Jiǔmíngjì 酒名記 "Wine name catalogue" was written by Zhāng Néngchén 張能臣 (see Japanese-language catalog entry here), but that's about it.

I'd be interested to read some of these curiously named and composed drinks. Has the Jiǔmíngjì ever been translated into English? Has a Chinese version ever been digitized?

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It looks like there is a copy at Harvard uploaded here: https://curiosity.lib.harvard.edu/chinese-rare-books/catalog/49-990067588510203941

I doubt this has been translated, but if you have a native speaker with strong historical Chinese understanding (probably just a strong student), you can probably get this project underway :)

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