In my coven for Imbolc we traditionally substituted spiced milk for the usual wine in the ritual chalice. Since Imbolc means either "first milk" or "ewe's milk" depending on which spelling you use this seemed very appropriate to us. This is a simple recipe and really delicious.
* 1 quart milk
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 4 cardamom pods
* 4 whole cloves
* 1 cinnamon stick
* 4 whole allspice or spice bush berries
* 1/4 teaspoon shavings of fresh nutmeg
* 1 bay leaf
Tie up all the spices in a cheesecloth square, or strain out before serving. Combine spices, milk and honey in a saucepan. Heat gently for 20 minutes (do not boil). Serve hot.
Spiced Milk for Imbolc