English: May wine, also known as Maitrank, Maiwein, Maibowle and Waldmeisterbowle, is the name of a German beverage that uses aromatized wine as a base (see sangría). May wine is served in the spring, traditionally on the May Day holiday. The base is made by taking sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum, sometimes called Asperula odorata, known in Germany as Waldmeister), a fragrant creeping herb that grows in the forests of Northern Europe, and steeping it in a white German wine. Since woodruff is very slightly poisonous, some common sense should be applied in its use; 3 grammes of woodruff per litre of may wine is completely safe.
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