I am reading the novel 『狐霊の檻』 by 廣嶋玲子. In the beginning the narrator describes a feast she had once taken part in. She says


I think that the sentence means something like

In the garden there was a cask of sake from which we drank whenever we wanted.

But I do not understand the grammatical functions of くれ and と.

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~てくれ is an imperative form that's stronger than ~てください or ~て, but a little weaker than the plain imperative (飲め). と here is the same quotative と as in ~という. You can think of this sentence as saying something like


There was a cask of spirits in the garden, as if they were telling us to drink as much as we like.

Note that this is not grammatically an abbreviation, I believe. Additionally 酒 can refer to any alcoholic drink and not just the one we call sake in English (日本酒).

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