WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

Yule Brew


Merry meet.

For cakes and ale at your winter solstice gathering, or for a bit of Yule cheer during the deepest dark and gathering cold, brew up a batch of this seasonal blend.

There are many recipes floating around from wassail to glögg. Some call for wine, others for brandy or sherry, cider or ale, even poet and tea. All use a variety of spices (in addition to whats below, consider vanilla bean and peppercorns) and fruits (others include raisins, cranberries and lemons). I chose to combine parts of two recipes and ventured out to gather up ingredients.

These proportions work when using a quart jar.

2 cups red wine

1 1/3 cup brandy

1 organic orange, washed and sliced thin

1 inch of ginger, sliced thin

2 cinnamon sticks

2 bay leaves

2 star anise

2 teaspoons dried elderberries

6 cloves

10 cardamom pods, crushed

Place everything in a glass container and shake well. Place in a cool, dark place for two weeks, shaking daily.

Some recipes call for letting it sit as long as four weeks. I mixed up mine on a new moon and will strain it on the full moon, then let it continue to sit until Yule. Even a week is a long enough brew time, especially if you simmer it a bit before serving, adding some raw honey if desired.

May you never thirst.

Merry part.

And merry meet again.