The drinks of the Hebrews included water, wine, “strong drink,” vinegar and milk. Their drinking vessels were the cup, goblet or “basin,” the “cruse” or pitcher, and the saucer.
The Jews carefully strained their drinks through a sieve, through fear of violating the law of Leviticus 11:20, 23, 41-42. (See Matthew 23:24. “Strain at” should be “strain out.”)
To drink water by measure (Ezek. 4:11), and to buy water to drink (Lam. 5:4), denote great scarcity.
To drink blood means to be satiated with slaughter.