Saturday, May 14, 2011

May Wine

This time of year is so nice!  Everything is starting to come up in the garden, ahhhh.....  So, that means it's time to make May Wine or Maiwein in German.  Growing up, we always had sweet woodruff growing under the lilacs.  When it's blooming you can make May Wine.

Pick a handful of sweet woodruff once the dew has dried.

Open a bottle of good white or rose wine.  I'm using an Austrian rose for mine today.  Don't use an overly bold wine, something along the lines of a Pinot Grisio, Chenin Blanc, or a Gruner Veltliner will work great.

Put the blossoms in a glass pitcher or jar and pour over the wine.  Let sit in a cool place or fridge for several hours or overnight.

Strain out the blossoms.  Serve over ice, mixed 50 - 50 with seltzer or club soda.


  1. they'll talk about the floral bouquet on that for years! Yum

  2. Helen, I've been thinking about your May wine since I tasted it yesterday. It was so refreshing and delicious! Wikipedia says that woodruff is used in Weisse beers too and I'm wondering if that's why the flavor seemed familiar to me. Anyway, great meeting you and thanks for all your delicious treats!-Peggy

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