Possibly the ancestor of all alcoholic beverages, mead has enjoyed audiences across history, from humble working folk to soldiers and pirates and even royalty. And while its popularity waned in recent centuries, the modern era has seen a resurgence in this ancient, golden-hued drink.
It’s Possibly the Oldest Alcoholic Beverage on Earth
Chinese pottery vessels dating from 7000 B.C.E. suggest evidence of mead fermentation that predates both wine and beer.
The Golden Elixir Was Considered the Drink of the Gods
Referred to as “nectar of the gods” by ancient Greeks, mead was believed to be dew sent from the heavens and collected by bees.
Mead is Incredibly Diverse
Sweet, dry, still or sparkling—all describe varieties of mead. But amble up the mead family tree a bit further and you’ll meet some of the more eccentric relatives: Metheglin, Melomel, mead that contains juice or fruit like blackberries and raspberries. Cyser, an apple-based mead; Acerglyn, made with maple syrup; Braggot, a mead/beer blend brewed with hops or barley; Rhodomel, a very old style laced with roses—and legions more.
Mead Is a Preferred Drink of Royalty
Queen Elizabeth II has been known to throw back a goblet of mead, and even maintains a favorite recipe made with rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and sweet briar.
You Can Thank Mead for Your Honeymoon
The term “honeymoon” comes from the medieval tradition of drinking honey wine for a full moon cycle after a new marriage—all that golden essence would supposedly ensure a fruitful union bearing plenty of children.
Mead Is on the Rise
Ready to jump headfirst into the honeycomb? It’s surprisingly easy. Try your hand at homemade mead-making with a WINEWORX MAKE MEAD AT HOME KIT.