14th Century Sage Wine

If you are looking for a pleasant and light drink to serve as a replacement for sangria at your next summer party, consider sage wine. Says Alma Igra of Leftovers, “This particular wine was used to treat disorders of the sympathetic nervous system (e.g., hypertension, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia) as well as asthenia (abnormal physical weakness or lack of energy).”

The original recipe, which can be found on Leftovers, translated: “As for sage (and rose) wine, it is made so. Take three pounds of sage that is well dried. Take three measures of good and scented wine. Rub the dried sage between the hands and mix with half a liter of that wine. Pour into a wooden vessel, for the space of a single night. In the morning, it can be placed in the barrel and leave it until cleared. I say the same thing can be done with roses, especially at the time of the harvest.”

Alma suggests using a dry white wine mixed with honey to mimic the sweetness of a medieval wine, although I suspect you could use a sweet wine such as a Riesling or moscato (which would be closer to a medieval wine anyway) and omit the honey entirely. Read the entire recipe and find out what Leftovers thought of the modern rendition here.

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