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Medieval wine is quick and easy to make and packed with spices. It makes the perfect last minute foodie gift or a good addition to your festive party drinks.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 bottle
Author: Karon Grieve


  • 750 ml/1 1/4 pint red wine
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 tbsp sliced fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp rose water


  • Pour the red wine into a large jar and add honey stirring well
  • Break up the cinnaamon stick into a few pieces to release the flavour
  • Crush the cardamom pods to release the seeds and break them a little
  • Add these and all other ingredients to the jar
  • Pop on the lid and shake well
  • Set aside in a dark cupboard for 24 hours to allow the flavours to develop
  • Strain through a sieve lined with two layers of kitchen roll or muslin
  • Decant into a sterilised bottle
  • Store in the fridge for up to 3 months
  • Serve at room temperature, warmed like mulled wine or even chilled in small glasses.