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medieval wine with glass in front of bottle

Homemade Traditional Medieval Wine

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.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 bottle


  • 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.
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