Bartenders are beginning to incorporate one of the oldest known alcoholic beverages in contemporary cocktails.
by Christopher Osburn
Mead, a drink that dates back to 1700-1100 BC, is made by fermenting honey with water and various fruits, spices, grains or hops to enhance the flavor. Traces of its production and use were found in ancients sites in China, Greece, and many areas of Europe.
Traditionally, mead is enjoyed just like a desert wine, port, or cordial. “Meaning that is served neat in a cordial flute, desert wine snifter, or Nick and Nora style glassware,” says Eric Brooks, Bartender at CBD Provisions in Dallas. Brooks has recently caught wind of the spike in demand for this ancient drink and has begun to develop many cocktails utilizing it. “It is perfect for an after dinner drink to replace desert after having a large meal.”
Interest in mead has increased in recent years
Mead is as old as it gets; when it comes to trends, especially in craft cocktails, the older the better. “Over the years, forgotten alcoholic beverages have resurfaced and have been reintroduced to markets constantly looking for something new, or I guess old but new,” says Brooks. Mead is gaining in popularity because it has started to be discovered by a generation of drinkers who enjoy a good throw back. “Everyone wants to be the first to get their hands on it and be the first ones to offer/work with this product.” A distribution company brought mead to CBD and they instantly like it and wanted to implement it into their cocktail program.