Beltane “Love Energy” Ritual Wine
Being a Maenad, it’s usually my job to bring the ritual wine to celebrations and rituals. Beltane is my absolute favorite holiday. Most are surprised when I say that, expecting it to be Samhain, but there’s something about Beltane that just makes me happy. There’s so much energy in the air, spring is blossoming with opportunities, and the world is becoming so colorful. Okay, maybe it’s still the Maenad in me ready to light things on fire and party. Guilty as charged.
Specialty ritual wine can be hard to find. I’m lucky enough to live in upstate NY where the Brotherhood Winery is practically in my backyard making acquiring their May Wine for rituals year round extremely easy. But, what about everyone else? This is why I’ve decided to share a quick and easy recipe for a bulk batch of Beltane Sangria.
What you’ll need:
- A large bottle of wine. I usually head towards sweet white wines for this mix, something like a Moscato or Chardonnay.
- 1 Cup of lavender infused vodka. I call this “Faerie Vodka”. You may be thinking “Where the heck am I going to find this, Bee?” Well, you’re not. You’re going to make it and it’s super easy! Simply take a bottle of Vodka from the liquor store and pour it into a big mason jar. Add 3-4 cups of dried food-grade lavender into it. Put some cellophane over the top, put on the top, and then throw it in your fridge for a week. Badda-bing, Badda-boom, faerie vodka. When you pour it, pout it through a strainer to avoid getting the buds in your drink!
- 1/4 Cup of honey. I use local orange-blossom honey in mine and it’s divine but you can use whaever.
- 1 Pint strawberries.
- 1 Pint blueberries.
- 1 Pint raspberries.
- 1 Rose Quartz Crystal
- Optional: Lavender springs, mint leaves, or rosemary to garnish your glasses with.
- At least a few days before Beltane grab a large pitcher and add your White Wine, honey, and “Faerie Vodka” to it. Stir in a clockwise direction.
- Slice your berries. This may seem tedious but I promise you it’s worth it. Having them sliced will really allow the juices to mingle with the rest of the brew. Add them into your pitcher as well and continue to stir clockwise. Stirring clockwise is very important in Kitchen Witchery as it allows the energy of the items inside to be created.
- Lastly, take your Rose Quartz crystal and hold it in your washed hands. Close your eyes and imagine all the fun you’re going to have on Beltane. Think about what Spring means to you, all the happy things it brings with it and your loved ones being around you. After a few moments, place the crystal into the pitcher.
- Allow the pitcher to sit in your fridge for a few days (at least 24 hours) for the flavors to infuse together. When it’s time to serve, remove the Rose Quartz crystal so nobody accidentally drinks it up!
Remember, witches….PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY!
To make a non-alcoholic version:
-Swap the wine for white grape juice.
-Cut the honey down to 1/8 cup.
-Use 1-2 tablespoons of FOOD GRADE lavender oil OR Lavender Torani syrup.