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The History of Mead

Mead, a sweet fermented beverage, is a honey based alcohol that has been around for centuries. It is thought to be the oldest alcohol in existence, and it was traditionally made by fermenting honey naturally. Today, Mead is enjoying a resurgence in popularity all over the world. Though it's still not as popular as beer or wine, more and more people are discovering the unique taste of Mead and its many variations.

Mead has a long and rich history, dating back to ancient times. It was mentioned in the Odyssey, and it was popular among the Vikings. In fact, Mead was so important to Viking culture that newlyweds were traditionally given a month-long supply of Mead, known as a "honeymoon."

In recent years, drinking Mead has been making a comeback. More and more people are interested in trying this unique beverage, and there are now many different types of Mead available. Mead Day is the perfect time to try a delicious Mead cocktail! This simple, yet refreshing Mead drink is made with honey and grapefruit juice. It's perfect for sipping on a warm summer day.

What Does Mead Taste Like

The answer depends on the type of Mead, which is also called honey wine, as there are many different styles. Dry Mead is similar to a white wine, while sweet Mead can be quite syrupy. Fruit Meads (also called Melomels) are fermenting honey with fruit added, resulting in a refreshing and often tart beverage. Spiced Meads (or Metheglin) use spices such as cinnamon or cloves to add flavor, while herb Meads utilize herbs such as lavender or mint. There are many other types of Mead, such as Braggots (made with malt), sack Meads (higher alcohol content), and Pyment (fermented honey with grape juice). Try to look for a Mead with hops added for a more hoppy flavor. So, there's no one answer to the question of what does Mead taste like. The best way to find out is to try it for yourself!

Honeyed Mead Cocktail Recipe

Honeyed Mead Cocktail Recipe

How To Make Honeyed Mead Cocktail Recipe

  • 5 oz Mead
  • 0.5 oz Honey Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 oz Grapefruit Juice



Grapefruit Wheel


Preparation time without Barsys Coaster: 3 - 5 minutes

  1. In a mixing glass with ice, add in the Honey Liqueur, Angostura Bitters, and Grapefruit Juice.
  2. Mix well and strain into an ice filled Collins Glass.
  3. Garnish a with Grapefruit Wheel.

Tip: Use the Barsys Coaster for an elevated cocktail-making experience!

Tips On How To Make The Best Mead Cocktail

  • Add sparkling cider for a fizzy and extra boozy element.
  • Experiment by adding other fermented drinks in your Mead Cocktail such as kombucha, which comes in a variety of flavors.
  • Try a carbonated Mead! Some Mead makers carbonate their own Mead batches to create a different Mead experience.

What Food Pairs With Mead


Chocolate cake, Peach cobbler


Roasted lamb, Pesto pasta


Popcorn, Chips and salsa

Recommended Mead Brands

If you're looking for a Mead brand that will tantalize your taste buds, then look no further than the three brands listed below. Each one offers a unique flavor profile that is sure to please.

J.K. Scrumpy's

The first brand on our list is J.K. Scrumpy's. This company produces a wide variety of Meads, including traditional dry Meads and sweeter fruit-based varieties. Scrumpy's Meads are known for their clean flavor and consistent quality. Whether you're looking for a dry wine-like Mead or something sweet and fruity, Scrumpy's is sure to have a variety that suits your taste.

Chaucer's Cellars

Next on our list is Chaucer's Cellars. Chaucer's specializes in traditional English-style Meads, and their products are frequently used in historical reenactments. If you're looking for a Mead that tastes like it came straight out of the Middle Ages, Chaucer's is the brand for you. In addition to their delicious flavor, Chaucer's Meads are also known for their long shelf life - meaning you can enjoy them for years to come.

Orange Blossom Meadery

Finally, we have Orange Blossom Meadery. This Florida-based company produces both dry and sweet Meads, with the latter being their specialty. Their orange blossom Mead is particularly delicious, offering a unique flavor that is both floral and citrusy. If you're looking for something truly unique, give Orange Blossom Meadery a try - you won't be disappointed.


National Mead Day is the perfect time to celebrate this alcoholic beverage! If you haven't tried Mead before, now is the perfect time. There are many different types of Mead available from dry Mead to sweet Mead, so whip out your favorite and get mixing!


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