Originally posted February 15, 2015. Updated 12/6/2020
So, I nested it under my Ethnic Foods category, LOL!
Anyway. A couple months ago, I started work on a recipe for as-legit-as-possible Miruvor. I'd seen recipes out there for cocktails called Miruvor, but nothing that seemed really canon. So...
What is Miruvor?
Miruvor (or Miruvórë) is an elvish drink, from J.R.R Tolkien's writings.
"Miruvor" was mentioned in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as "Cordial of Imladris". Made by the Rivendell elves, its purpose in the stories is to revive those who drink it... sort of an elvish energy drink.
"As soon as Frodo had swallowed a little of the warm and fragrant liquor he felt a new strength of heart, and the heavy drowsiness left his limbs. The others also revived and found fresh hope and vigor." - Fellowship of the Ring
Elrond gave it to Gandalf, who shared it with the Fellowship - in small doses - explaining it to be precious.
Miruvor was based, in-world, on Miruvórë - a drink created and imbibed by the Valar, in Valinor.
Miruvórë was made from flowers grown in Yavanna's gardens, and has been referred to as "A kind of nectar" by Tolkien, and as a sweet mead by Galadriel. So, enough information to use and build on, but still fairly vague.
Creating This Recipe
While my *serious* Miruvor is indeed a mead recipe, next week's "One Last Party" seemed like an ideal occasion to break out a bottle of Miruvor... but my brewing batch will not be ready for several more months.
I decided to do a "quick" version: liqueur, rather than mead. So... Miruvor, rather than Miruvórë.
As with the upcoming Miruvórë,, my Miruvor will similarly be inspired by the in-world beverages.
So, as I do not personally have access to flowers from Yavanna's gardens in Valinor - and because pretty much no information was ever created in terms of the actual FLAVOUR of said flowers, I had to get imaginative.
In my mind, it would be a light floral flavour, almost fruity. I didn't picture it as anything heavy, like rose or lavender, for instance.
In running through my knowledge of edible flowers that were also readily accessible, and deciding whether any were suitable as what I was picturing, it hit me: ELDERFLOWERS.
Not only is their flavour pretty much exactly what I was picturing, the name is perfect. Elder flowers... Eldar flowers!
For this recipe, I decided to use elderflower syrup, as it's available year round and just a few clicks away on Amazon.
You can use IKEA's Elderflower syrup for a budget version, but I find the D'Arbo White Elderflower Syrup to be vastly superior in taste.
Plus, you know... it's SUPPOSED to be a precious drink, go ahead and spend the extra money to get the really good stuff!
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Anyway, on to that recipe!
- 500 ml Elderflower syrup
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup water
- Peel of ½ lemon
- peel of 1 orange
- 1 vanilla bean split
- Pinch salt
- 2-3 cups GOOD vodka
- In a large pot, combine Elderflower syrup, honey, water, citrus peels, vanilla bean, and salt, whisking until well combined. Bring JUST to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Stir about 2 cups of vodka into the cooled syrup mixture, and taste. Continue adding vodka, to taste, until desired flavour / alcohol level is reached.
- Strain through fine cheesecloth or a coffee filter, discarding peels. Funnel into clean wine or liqueur bottles.
- After bottling, you should let it age for about a week in a cool place before drinking it – IF you have that kind of patience! Aging results in a smoother, more mellow flavor.