In Middle-earth, the elves drink Miruvor as a rejuvenating beverage, almost like we might have an energy drink. But better. It’s warming and renews strength. Elrond gives a supply to Gandalf, which he then doles out to the Fellowship on Caradhras in sips to warm them up. Sounds life-giving, no? No one knows exactly how Miruvor is made, but it is thought to come from the honey of flowers from Yavanna’s garden and is a clear cordial-like drink, also being compared to mead. I’ve created this version which is jasmine and honey flavored, making it light and sweet. The alcohol comes from infusing these in vodka, which is clear and generally flavorless. It also provides the warming feeling. 🙂 Bonus: this recipe is incredibly easy to put together.
You can enjoy Miruvor on its own, or mix an elvish-inspired cocktail with it. I’ve included some ideas on serving and enjoying it toward the end of this post. Please quest responsibly!
Miruvor, Inspired by Tolkien
- 750 ml vodka
- 6 tbsp dried jasmine flower (I used jasmine tea bags)
- 1/2 cup honey clover if you have it!
- 1/2 cup water
- Pour the vodka into a jar or other container with a secure lid and steep the jasmine flower in tea bags, cheesecloth sashays or loose in the vodka for 24 or more hours. Keep it in a dark, cool place and shake or stir the contents a few times. (Naturally, I used an old Flesh-Eating Slug Repellent jar for this. Mixed fantasy worlds, deal with it.)
- Remove the tea bags or sashays if that's what you used. Otherwise strain the tea through cheesecloth or a fine strainer to remove all the bits of petal. Pour the jasmine vodka into a jar or bowl with room to stir and set aside.
- On the stove, heat the honey and water in a sauce pan over medium heat to create a honey syrup. Stir occasionally until heated. Let cool.
Whisk into the jasmine vodka. Remember, you can always add more sweetness. Start with this amount and if you'd like it sweeter, make a second batch of honey syrup to add.
- Pour the mixture into a sterile glass bottle or jar to store. Use a funnel if necessary. You can keep this in a cool place (not refrigerated) for about a year.
How to Enjoy Miruvor
- Serve it on its own in a small glass.
- Shake over ice, pour into a glass and garnish with a jasmine flower for a floral martini.
- Combine with fresh lemon juice (to taste) over ice for a slightly tart, refreshing cocktail.
- My favorite: Mix with ginger beer for a slightly zingy and sweet drink.
I hope you feel revived by this Miruvor. Share it with anyone who looks like they could use a little elvish healing!