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May Wine

Gastrosoph | May 21, 2002 05:52 PM

I looking for a recipe for May wine. I have a some sweet woodruff growing in the backyard which has provided me the inspiration.

The sweet woodruff smells exactly like Mexican Vanilla. I found out it smells this way because both contain coumarin which is banned in the U.S. because it is toxic and carcinogenic.

I probably won't actually be making any May wine unless I can be convinced otherwise.

I have searched the Internet and found many recipes but are most are somewhat suspect or are vague as to the exact ingredients. "Take a bottle of Rhine wine, add a cup of sugar and and a handfull of sweet woodruff" etc.

In addition to a recipe I would be interested in hearing about any traditions, peculiar folkways or untimely deaths resulting from May wine.

Thanks much.

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