Witches Brew | Traditional Samhain Wine & Cider Mulling Spices in Muslin Bags
Upon the coming of Samhain, the Witches New Year, it is tradition to craft a magickal witches brew, essentially a hot mulled wine made with red wine or apple cider, visionary herbs, spices of Samhain and flowers to increase our psychic awareness. As we invite our ancestors to pass through the veil into the world of the living from the spirit world, use as a gracious offering by placing a separate chalice of the beverage on the altar during Samhain ritual. The wine is perfect used as a sacred libation (to be poured upon the earth) to honor ancestral spirits.
To make it easy I have gathered and prepared all of the ingredients you need for your Samahin Witches Brew including allspice, clove, orange peel, cinnamon sticks and anise stars including a muslin bag for easy brewing. Simply pop the prepared muslin bag into your brew and simmer.
In a large pot on the stove:
1 quart Burgundy, Port Wine, or red wine of your liking, or 1 quart Apple Cider, Cranberry or fruit juice
1 Witches Brew muslin bag with 1/2 ounce of Samhain Witches Brew including cinnamon stick(s). If you are adding other ingredients, place those herbs in a muslin bag or strain after brewing
1/8 cup of sugar or brown sugar or to taste
Place muslin bag of Witches Brew into wine/cider and heat to just below boiling point. Reduce heat, cover pot and simmer on low for thirty minutes to one hour or more
Add 1 ounce (or more to taste) of Vodka, Rum or Brandy. You can also opt to add an ounce or two of Pomegranate juice, a symbolic offering traditional at Samhain
Simmer until the desired taste is reached
Garnish with apple slices, orange slices, orange spirals, anise and cinnamon sticks.
As we prepare our sacred altars on this most important night of the year, Samhain, brew up a pot of Witches Brew with White Magick Alchemy's Witches Brew, blended especially for Samhain.
Listing contains (1) Witches Brew Samhain Cider Muslin pouch bag enough for one brew of the recipe above.
For more info on how to spice up your Samhain Witches Brew with Elderberries, Mugwort (both powerful visionary herbs) and garnish recommendations, visit my Witches Brew blog post here