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Roman Wine Spices

Conditum Paradoxum

Conditum Paradoxum translates as ‘Suprise Wine’ and is the very first recipe in the the collection of Roman recipes known as Apicius or De re coquinaria, dating from the 5th century. The Romans frequently spiced their wines and this mix produces a warming sweet wine, subtly flavoured with dates and saffron.


You will need a bottle of wine (something dry and light such as a Pinot Grigio), and about 170ml of runny honey.

Roman Wine Spices (Conditum Paradoxum)