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Adding fruit or spices to mead as it brews can give it different flavors and colors. (Photo: Zaneta Baranowska/Shutterstock)
Adding fruit or spices to mead as it brews can give it different flavors and colors. (Photo: Zaneta Baranowska/Shutterstock)

How to make your own honey mead

With simple ingredients and a little patience, you can bottle your own ‘drink of the gods.’

By: Chanie Kirschner
August 21, 2015, 3:46 p.m.
Mother Nature Network

Mead is experiencing a resurgence in the United States and, if you want to try it, you can whip up a batch at home.

Produced from the mixture of honey, water and yeast, mead is the oldest alcoholic drink known to man. Long before wine and beer, there was mead.

The first archaeological evidence of honey mead was in Asia between 6500 and 7000 B.C. Literature aficionados might remember mead as the drink of choice of the Danish warriors in the classic tale “Beowulf,” and in fact, mead was often reference as the hero’s drink of choice in other literature as well.

In Greece, mead was thought to be a holy drink — the “drink of the gods” — and was believed to have mystical properties. In Europe, mead was used as medicine and was mixed with various herbs and spices to combat certain ailments. Its popularity had waned in areas where grapes were readily available with which to make wine, but has since been making a comeback as an alternative to wine.

So you want to channel your inner meadmaker and bottle your own? Here’s how:

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A novice mead maker, but a huge mead enthusiast! I'm also the owner and Site Administrator of TheMeadery.net and reside in Manchester, New Hampshire.