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Beverages


Soft Mead

1 quart water, preferably spring water
1 cup honey
1 sliced lemon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Boil together all ingredients in a non-metallic pot. While boiling, scrape of the rising "scum" with a wooden spoon. When no more rises, add the following:

pinch salt
juice of 1/2 lemon

Strain and cool. Drink in place of alcoholic mead or wine during Simple Feast.

Blackberry Wine

(Makes 2 to 3 bottles)

4 Lbs. Fresh Blackberries,
3 1/2 Cups Sugar,
3 1/4 Cups Hot Water

Set the berries in a large bowl for about 4 weeks, stirring occasionally. (The berries will small and may begin to mold.) With a mortar and pestle or blender, crush the berries into a very smooth pulp. Stir in the sugar, then the water. Pour into Casks for fermentation. Let the wine age at least 8 months. Air the wine every few days to allow gasses to escape. The longer it is kept, the better it will be. This wine has a gentle port-like flavor when finished, or should be immediately dedicated to a deity.

Love Potion Punch

2 Cups Apple Juice
2 Cups Apricot Juice
2 Cups Ginger Ale
6 Red Raspberries
6 Strawberries
6 Orange Slices
2 Small pieces of Lemon Peel
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/8 tsp. Ginger
1/8 tsp. Cinnamon

Mix Apple, Apricot, Vanilla, Ginger and Cinnamon. Slowly add and mix Ginger Ale making sure to keep the fizz in it. Pour into two large glasses, leaving room in top. Add to each glass three raspberries, three strawberries, one oragne slice, one lemon peel.

Use for Beltane, Handfastings and renewal of vows.

Lord, by God Almighty,
He does not love me,
Nor I him.
It was because of an herb potion
Of which I drank
And he drank, too: it was a sin.
-We by Robert A. Johnson