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Joe’s Ancient Orange Mead
Joe’s Ancient Orange Mead

Joe’s Ancient Orange Mead

By:  Joe Mattioli
Makes:  1 Gallon


An “ancient” mead recipe that is simple to make, uses only easily obtainable ingredients and reputedly turns out great. The mead turns out clear and sweet and is flavored with oranges and spices.

INGREDIENTS (for 1 gallon)

  • Honey and Fruit (for an OG of 1.112)
  • 3.5 lbs. clover honey
  • 1 large orange
  • 25 raisins
  • Spices
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 pinch all-spice (optional)
  • Yeast (for an FG of 1.130 and 11% ABV)
  • Fleishmann’s bread yeast – use 1 tsp.


Sanitize a 1-gallon jug, preferably with a wide mouth. Pour honey into jug. Wash orange, cut into eighths and place pieces (zest, rind, fruit, everything) in jug. Add spices and fill jug, leaving 3 inches of headspace. Put cap on jug and shake. Remove cap and 1 tsp. of bread yeast. Swirl the jug to mix in the yeast and put on an airlock. Keep in a cool place at room temperature (anything 70–80 °F is fine). After a few days of fermentation, when the mixture stops foaming. Add water to top the jug up. Let sit for 2 months. Don’t rack the mead, feed the yeast or do anything during this period. Once the mead falls clear, it is ready. Bottle — without adding corn sugar for carbonation, as you would in a beer — and enjoy.