What to drink Christmas this year?

In addition to the usual drinks, how about try one that was all the rage during the Christmas holidays in Middle Ages?

Below is the recipe to prepare the’ippocrasso, O spiced wine, directly taken from blog sguardosulmedioevo.org.




spicy red wine according to medieval recipes

Ingredients for ippocrasso or medieval spiced wine

Per 1 liter:
1 liter full-bodied red wine “MERLOT”
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 generous spoonful of sugar
4 cloves
1 teaspoon of galanga (Available in herbal medicine)
1 teaspoon vanilla
a hint of iris root (Available in herbal medicine)
(* 1 teaspoon pepper grains)
8 Cardamom pods (herbal medicine)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Grind the whole spices in a mortar.

Pour the wine, honey and all the spices in a hermetically sealed container and let stand 24 ore.

Only with gauze twice to obtain a clear product, and enjoy fresh.


The wine can be drunk hot, otherwise it is bottled straight, sealed and stored for about a month.

Once opened, It should be stored in a cool.

The wine is mainly to use the rosso but in summer it can also be used White it is certainly less dense and therefore more pleasant to drink, maybe cool.

It can be used a Pinot Grey.

The quality of wine is very important because it determines the success of the final product.

They can be used on Trebbiano or Malvasia.

There are variations of the recipe, for example with the addition of pieces of Orange peel, which it makes the compound even more aromatic and gives a considerable opening in taste (Article adapted from: sguardosulmedioevo.org) (Photo gives: nutritomagazine.it e pianetaricette.it).