This book will show you how to use honey, apples, pears and garden fruits to make alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that you can enjoy throughout the year. There are many interesting drinks that have been lost to time, but some, such as cider, mead (which has been around since about 7000BC) and perry are reinventing themselves. This book explains where and when to find your raw materials and what sort of equipment you'll need. It includes delicious recipes that use common and less common fruits. It will also show you how to cut (expensive) corners without cutting corners on quality.


Craig Hughes has been making fruit wines, perry and cider for a good number of years and uses his own honey to make fantastic mead.As well as being owner of and head apiarist at Crossmoor Honey, with over 30 years experience of keeping bees, he is also a qualified and classically trained chef. He is co-author of Country Skills and Crafts.