Bavarian Maiwein

Happy May Day! The arrival of the month of May is cause for celebration in cultures across the globe, but the May Day festivities alive today are predominantly Bavarian. If you can’t make it to Munich for a dance around the Maypole, you can still make your very own Maiwein (May wine) to enjoy at home. Maiwein is a delicious dedication to springtime, flavored with fruits and sweet woodruff (an herb known for its calming properties).

may punch


  • 12 sprigs young woodruff
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 bottles dry white wine of your choice
  • 1/2 cup pureed peaches
  • 1 handfull dried chrysanthemum flowers


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and cover for 30 minutes. After the time has passed, remove the woodruff, and add the second bottle of wine. Serve over ice. (Flowers are edible!)

About the Author: Lindsey Singer


Elsie is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsyvania; her writing has appeared in a few university publications, under tables and on the sides of trains. She likes taking Polaroid pictures and planning rooftop picnics.