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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Renaissance Faire Lore and Love

When visiting a renaissance faire, you usually see quite a number of folk wander into the herb shop. 

It's always a wonder to look around and see the assortment of items they carry.  Some such as amulets, talismans, potions, charms, and spells could be used as components, more often than not, used to draw love to the one purchasing the herbs. Drawing of money or success I'm sure is quite popular too.

As a little girl I learned to pull the petals from daisies ~ “he loves me, he loves me not.” Twisting an apple stem while reciting the alphabet tells the first letter of the future spouse’s name. On and on ~ so many ways to learn of that one true love. And let’s not forget leap years. According to tradition, women proposing to their chosen mates are not considered to be forward during this time.

Many wish to learn of their lover, draw someone back to them, or feel more secure in the relationship they already have. In a sense, all potions, charms, and spells are a means of visualization ~ helping a person to focus on that which they truly desire. Some people will do anything to find out their future love. Then there are those who feel you should give up completely, decide it would be a pain in the patootie and avoid it at all costs. It will then, undoubtedly, sneak up and take you by surprise.

Talismans are often made to bring love. An easy way to remember the talisman/amulet quandary is that talisman starts with a “t” as does “toward.” Amulet starts with an “a”, as does “away” ~ thus amulets keep things away. A very simple love talisman is made by stringing rose hips into a necklace and wearing it about the neck. A more precise talisman might go something like this: start with a square of cloth ~ red for love. 

After considering what characteristics would be desired, find herbs (and other objects) that will represent and correspond to those traits.  Someone down to earth? Add a pinch of patchouli. Spicy lover? Cayenne pepper. You get the idea. Traditionally, it would seem that rose petals are an absolute must have.

Now make a romantic beverage to add to the mood once you’ve found that special someone. This can also be made ahead in anticipation.

Nectar of Venus Cordial

The flowers give it a beautiful deep pink color 
and can be served with ginger ale and lime slices.

The following ingredients should be placed in a ½ gallon jar with a tight fitting lid that allows for shaking. Be sure to label and date the jar. Put out of sunlight while it sits for 1-6 weeks. Shake occasionally. All herbs and flowers are dry.
For alcohol:
1 fifth of good quality vodka
½ cup red rose petals
½ cup hibiscus flowers 
½ cup rose hips
½ cup spearmint 
¼ cup granulated orange peel
¼ cup cinnamon bark chips
For syrup:
1 cup Grand Marnier
4 cups simple syrup made from 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon either rose water or orange blossom water
  • After sitting for 1-6 weeks, this mixture is ready to decant. Strain through fine cheesecloth or muslin into a pitcher large enough to also hold the additional 5 cups of Grand Marnier and simple syrup.
  • Add syrup ingredients to the vodka mixture and blend well. Allow this to rest for a couple of weeks so that the flavors can become well acquainted.  
  • Pour into beautiful bottles, cork, label, and enjoy.


  1. Interesting recipes. This would be a perfect post for my next themed party - All Things Love and Valentine's Day!! I pinned this! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 8.

    I would love to have you join me at my short story prompt party February 2 to 9 for fun and creativity. Just start typing and see what you come up with. Remember, no story is too short! The prompt is: The sun was shining brightly but then…

    1. I'll keep my eye opened for it!

      The prompt keeps eluding me...time is not on my side :(

  2. I love Faires! They are so much fun. I think your recipes look yummy.


  3. Sounds so fun! Thank you for joining The Really Crafty Link Party this week!

    1. It's like being in another world...and not wanting to come home ;)

  4. What an interesting post and perfect for February. #MMBC

  5. Visiting again to say I pinned this again and thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 10 for All Things Love and Valentine’s Day, open January 30 to February 10.

    My Unlimited Monthly party 9 is open February 1 to 26 if you’d like to link up for more views and shares.

  6. These cordials look wonderful! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  7. What an interesting day out the Renaissance Fair must have been. I enjoyed reading your post about all the folklore and things surrounding Valentine's Day too. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I'm featuring your post at the party this week as part of my Valentine's Day Inspiration theme. Hope to 'see' you there. Have a lovely week!


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