Well, I am on the road again, and I will not be able to check this thread for another thirty hours.
In any case, last night we went to dinner to City Tavern in Philadelphia. (What? You’ve never been?) All very colonial including costumes and ‘recreated’ menu items. We had an excellent cooler made with cider and Spanish wine.
The drinks were served in pewter mugs. They were, I supposed chilled beforehand. Still I was impressed (in a drunken way) how cold the mugs kept our drinks.
**But is pewter safe? **I seem to remember it is an alloy of silver and the dreaded lead. Perhaps modern pewter is some sort of modern adaptation?