Tonic Wines

 

Recipes for tonic wines.

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Casting Directions for ‘Tonic Wines’

Tonic wine is a wine in which one herb or blend of herbs, barks, roots or spices was macerated for a short time period. It’s a pleasant and effective way of taking tonic medicinal herbs to assist the digestion fortify the body. The most well-known and favorite sort of tonic wine is the winter favorite mulled wine, a heated blend of red wine and orange juice infused with Cinnamon, Nutmeg cloves. It is an excellent cure for the winter blues.

Tonic Wines are usually best prepared with a medium to sweet white wine, as many people are intolerant to red wine, which can cause headaches. If you can, use a natural wine when making your own tonic wines.

Tonic Herbs

Here’s a choice of herbs used in tonic wines. Wherever possible use fresh herbs (dried roots, berries or barks can also be used). Don’t use powdered spices in these recipes, they will be difficult to strain off and leave a gritty taste in the mouth.

These are all suggestions to be added to a 750ml bottle of wine.

Borage (Borago officinalis)
A few fresh herb steeped in medium white wine for many hours with the juice of a lemon leaves a refreshing curative summer beverage that lifts the spirits.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
One quill steeped in either white or red medium wine for one week, it sweetens the wine and is warming and stimulating.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
A 1″ piece of origin steeped in red or white wine for a single week. Ginger is revitalising, stimulating and warming. Great for indigestion colds.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
A handful of fresh herb steeped in sweet white wine for many hours makes an uplifting cheering wine, very great for the winter blues.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
A handful of fresh herb steeped in a medium to sweet white wine is a excellent tonic wine, excellent for settling the stomach.

Sweet Woodruff (asperula odorata)
5g of fresh flowering herbs steeped in medium white wine for 3 hours is an excellent tonic for strengthening the body and mind.
Rosemary Tonic Wine

1 bottle of medium white wine 6 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Open the jar of wine and add the sprigs of Rosemary (You might need to pour out a little of the wine so that the herbs will fit in the bottle). Make sure that the herb is totally immersed in the wine. Cork the bottle and leave in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. Strain off the herbs and take a small glassful (about 250mls) as a tonic. Rosemary improves circulation, it’s also a stimulant, so avoid taking before bed. Take half an hour before meals to assist the digestion.

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