What is May Wine?

June 28, 2019 •

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What is May Wine?

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Happy May! What better way to celebrate than with a glass of May Wine! May wine?

When you’re trying to come up with a unique, yet tasty, beverage to serve at a party or event, May Wine is one option you should look at and consider.

May Wine is also known as Maitrank, Maiwein, Maibowle and Waldmeisterbowle. This is a beverage of German origin that uses aromatized wine as a base and has several other tasty ingredients added.

Discover how you can make this simple, yet elegant, drink and when the best time to serve it may be.

The basics of May Wine

The simplest May Wine is made when Sweet Woodruff is steeped in German Wine. This creates a unique, tangy wine that is quite delicious on its own. This is an easy-to-create delicacy and can be made ahead and served with a meal or at the cocktail hour.

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May Wine Punch

When most people think of May Wine, they actually think of what is more accurately described as May Wine Punch. The beverage starts with the same base (Sweet Woodruff steeped in German Wine) but there are other ingredients added to give the drink more “punch” as well as flavor.

Brandy, Sparkling Wine, Carbonated Water, Sugar, and Fruit are all common add-ins used to give the drink character and flavor. A May Wine Punch can be as simple and elegant or as complex and hardy as the maker prefers.

Commercial May Wine

Because of the popularity of this drink in countries like Germany and Belgium, there are commercial varieties of the product on the market. The bottled beverage simulates the drink described above.

It starts with a white-wine base that has been infused with the woodruff herb. There are flavored varieties too including berry and citrus. These products are most often served in areas that have a significant German population.

Now that you know a bit more about May Wine (or Maiwein if you prefer), perhaps this would be the perfect drink to serve at your next gathering.

Check out a few of the many recipes available online and don’t be afraid to experiment and find the combination that is tastiest to you!

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