Miruvor

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Cocktail History

The Miruvor is a hot tea and gin-based cocktail that was created by author Cassandra Reeder as a boozy take on the reviving cordial from the Elves of Rivendell in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series. Apart from its ability to renew the strength of those who consume it, little is known about the drink from the books, but it is said to be made from Yavanna’s flowers and includes honey, so this recipe’s ingredients share similar qualities.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

London Dry Gin: This is the base spirit. It’s a gin that is infused with botanical flavor through redistillation without artificial ingredients or colors. We used Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other flavors to shine. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin.

White Tea: This adds the taste of tea and most of the recipe’s earthy and herbal qualities. We used Twining’s 100% Pure White Tea because it’s high quality while still being affordable and has a light, natural flavor.

Elderflower Liqueur: This is a liqueur that adds a distinct elderflower taste. We used Edinburgh Gin Distillery Elderflower Gin Liqueur because it complements gin’s botanicals well, is high quality, and has a fresh, floral aroma and taste.

Honey Syrup: This is a sweetener made with honey and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s simple recipe.

Orange Flower Water: This is a clear and aromatic liquid that is made by distilling fresh orange blossoms to extract their essential oils. It adds a noticeable floral aroma and taste, and a little goes a long way. We used Cortas Orange Blossom Water because it’s one of the best on the market, in our opinion.

Tasting Notes

The Miruvor features aromas of floral honey and the pleasant taste of hot botanical-softened gin throughout, which then fades into a soothing aftertaste of honey and elderflower.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: While we don’t typically go for warm alcoholic drinks unless the weather is chilly, this one is delightful. We could see the Miruvor revitalizing man, dwarves, and elves alike during a hard trek across Middle Earth… or at least after a hard day at the office.

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“This hot tea cocktail is straight out of the Elven realms with its bouquet of floral flavors and a lot of sweetness to boot. The combination of white tea, gin, and elderflower is objectively pretty tasty, and honey is a natural choice to add to the mix, but I felt that the one full teaspoon of orange flower water suggested by the book was a bit much. I also thought it could benefit from a touch of something sour to balance the sweetness, though I can see the addition of a tart element changing this from a mystical Elven creation to something more reminiscent of a standard toddy. As is, I can picture a vial of a life-enhancing Elven elixir tasting exactly this delicious and sweet, and I do give the recipe credit for delivering that image.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“I’m a big fan of The Lord of the Rings, so I was excited to come across this recipe. We don’t often try cocktails with a tea base, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I ended up thinking it was quite tasty for a hot boozy beverage. You can tell gin is the base spirit, but because we used Broker’s Gin and because the other ingredients are so herbal, there’s very little taste of juniper. If you’re into floral, aromatic drinks and are curious what Miruvor might taste like, give this a try.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Geeky Bartender Drinks: Real-Life Recipes for Fantasy Cocktails by Cassandra Reeder.

The Geeky Bartender Drinks: Real-Life Recipes for Fantasy Cocktails (Geeky Chef)
The Geeky Bartender Drinks: Real-Life Recipes for Fantasy Cocktails (Geeky Chef)
Hardcover Book; Reeder, Cassandra (Author); English (Publication Language); 160 Pages – 05/05/2020 (Publication Date) – Race Point Publishing (Publisher)
$16.99

AuthorThe Geeky Bartender DrinksPrep Time10 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz London Dry Gin
 1 ½ oz Elderflower Liqueur
 3 oz White Tea
 ½ tsp Orange Flower Water

Method
1

Place a white tea bag in a mug.

2

Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.

3

Pour boiling water into mug over tea bag.

4

Steep for 3-5 minutes.

5

Remove tea bag.

6

Add gin, elderflower liqueur, honey syrup, and orange flower water.

7

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz London Dry Gin
 1 ½ oz Elderflower Liqueur
 3 oz White Tea
 ½ tsp Orange Flower Water

Directions

Method
1

Place a white tea bag in a mug.

2

Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.

3

Pour boiling water into mug over tea bag.

4

Steep for 3-5 minutes.

5

Remove tea bag.

6

Add gin, elderflower liqueur, honey syrup, and orange flower water.

7

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

Miruvor

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More Cocktails from Movies & TV Shows

If you like this cocktail recipe, here are a few others inspired by movies and shows we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

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Tatooine Sunset (Star Wars): A tequila cocktail made with blue curaçao, pomegranate juice, grenadine, orange juice, lemon juice, and cherries

 Butterbeer (Harry Potter): A stout beer and spiced rum cocktail made with evaporated milk, butter, margarine, vanilla extract, brown sugar, whole cloves, whole allspice berries, cinnamon sticks, whipped cream, and nutmeg

 Hot Peppermint Patty (Archer): A low-proof cocktail made with milk, white peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, white crème de menthe, cocoa powder, whipped cream, and chocolate

The Last Variant (Loki): An aquavit cocktail made with honey liqueur, Green Chartreuse, and lime juice

 Kuzcotopia (The Emperor’s New Groove): A pisco cocktail made with Aperol, passion fruit syrup, grapefruit juice, lime juice, Tres Amigos bitters, and a lime slice

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