Mead is a honey wine that is made by fermenting honey and water using fermentation. However, extra flavors can be added by adding fruits or spices. However, the alcoholic beverage is argued to be both wine and beer. It is often classified as wine because of its alcohol content. It is stronger than beer.
There are different stories if you look back at how Mead originated. If we consider the mythological side, the drink was considered to be the ‘drink of the gods’. It is believed that the drink is described as Mon in the holy book Rigveda of Vedic religions. The ancient Greeks called mead ambrosia, or nectar, from heaven.
Historically, mead, one of the oldest alcoholic beverages, was discovered by chance. Alcoholic beverage extracts were found in pottery dating back to 7000 BC. It is believed that it is produced when raindrops fall into the honeycomb and ferment. After that, China’s Henan Province started drinking it.
Over the last few years, the drink has gained much popularity and is now a favorite drink of many. The taste of the drink varies according to the quality of the honey. Traditional mead is made using light honey such as orange blossom, clover or acacia. However, modern mead like melomemel is made using fruits like blackberry and raspberry.
Did you know that mead is a signature drink for your honeymoon? The word ‘honeymoon’ originates from the ancient tradition of drinking honey wine for the full moon cycle after a new marriage. Having plenty of children was considered a fruitful tradition. Also, experts believe that mead, when mixed with spices and herbs, was used as a health tonic in medieval times. However, there is no medical evidence for the claim.
So, the next time you suck Mead, suck it like a legend!