That was all they wanted: their continual allowance of aqua vitae.
Thou wilt await at Cumnor Place my further orders; and, as thou livest, beware of the ale-bench and the aqua vitae flask.
Bradford mentions "aqua vitae" as a constituent of their lunch on the exploring party of November 15.
I would give all the pohickory that was ever brewed by heathen for a toss of aqua vitae!
early 15c., Latin, literally "water of life," an alchemical term for unrefined alcohol. Applied to brandy, whiskey, etc. from 1540s. Cf. whiskey, also French eau-de-vie "spirits, brandy," literally "water of life."