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Aired on February 26, 2022

Ancient Roman Mulsum Recipe


  • 1/2 cup clear honey
  • several mint leaves-crushed/muddled
  • 1 bottle medium-dry white wine


  1. Dissolve honey in 3/4 cup wine over low heat-do not boil
  2. Add mint leaves
  3. Return to bottle and chill before serving.

***  This, Mulsum, would be an everyday drink for a Roman household, even those not especially well off.  The Conditum Paradoxum was a sweetened and spiced wine typically consumed during the holidays-Saturnalia and Lupercalia.  Both drinks can be made with either red or white wine, but I prefer the use white for Mulsum and red for Conditum Paradoxum as the more intense flavors of the reds seem to stand up better to the spices.  Kykeon was a traditional Bronze age Greek restorative

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