`Give them this,’ said Gandalf, searching in his pack and drawing out a leathern flask. `Just a mouthful each – for all of us. It is very precious. It is miruvor, the cordial of Imladris. Elrond gave it to me at our parting. Pass it round!’
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. But the snow did not relent.
The Lord of the Rings
Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings reinvented the idea and vision of Elves for me when I first read The Lord of the Rings as a teenager. What I assumed were fairy-like creatures in our gardens was turned into rich and fascinating race. I would often dream and wish to become an elf. I wanted the elegance and the strength of an Elf and yet when I look into the mirror, the hobbit-like features I see are disappointing to say the least!
As I’ve gotten older, the idea of becoming an Elf has been put to the back burner but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy their food and drinks. A popular one among the Elves was Miruvor. It was a drink that Galadriel gave to the fellowship during The Lord of the Rings. It was described as being warm and fragrant with notes of honey and flowers from Yavanna. The drink gave them renewed strength which was very similar to the Orc Vitality drink the orcs made Merry and Pippin drink in the beginning of movie, The Two Towers. Miruvor, however, was better on the palate.
I have below the recipe for Miruvor. I also listed a non alcoholic variation for those interested. Enjoy!
- 350g - mead
- 2 strips - lemon peel
- 2 strips - orange peels
- ½ - cinnamon stick
- 1 tbsp - dried rose buds, for tea
- 1 tbsp - honey
- edible flowers
- In a small pot, combine your mead, orange and lemon peel, cinnamon stick, honey, and rose buds.
- Heat on low-medium heat until it just comes to a simmer.
- Turn off the heat, strain, and garnish with food grade petals
- Variation: Remove the mead and replace with water or green tea. Increase the honey to 2-3 tbsp and add 2 tbsp of lemon juice.