For Those of You Who Don’t Know, Mead is Wine Made From Honey.
Honey is one of the food’s that is making a comeback due to its health benefits. Natural honey has been shown to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities, which is why it is so soothing for a sore throat (webmd.com). It has even been used medicinally throughout India for over 4,000 years due to its ability to improve eyesight, aid in weight loss, beautify the skin, and reduce asthma, diarrhea, and nausea (care2.com/greenliving). As far as healthy sweeteners are concerned, honey is great. It is a mixture of fructose and glucose, which results in lower glycemic spikes than ordinary white sugar.
Mead retains all the same health benefits from honey. It is even believed to be an aphrodisiac. With this said, it is understandable why ancient humans would hoard this syrup to only the rich and powerful. It is even quoted in poetry “Mead was for the great and grand occasions, for the temple and the ceremonial; ale was for the masses and for all times” (Gayre and Papazian). Ironically, after the discovery of sugarcane the art of making mead was almost lost. It was sustained by monasteries throughout Europe (medovina.com).
Nowadays there is an International Mead Association. They are not only responsible for hosting the International Mead Festival, held every March in Boulder, CO, but also for the sustainability of mead. As far as making mead mainstream, the IMA has quite a bit on their plate, but it is becoming available almost anywhere throughout the United States. There are local business in Ohio, central Texas, Northern California, and even Lake Orion, Minnesota. If you are interested in finding a mead winery near you check out http://www.meadmakers.org/meadmakers.htm, or if you just want to buy some most wine stores have a small selection. I even found Nani Moon Mead Wines at the Wine Stop in Honolulu!
Now without any further ado, here’s a mead cocktail! And I promise there will be more to come.
Mead Cocktail Recipe: Ambrosia Spritzer
I named this ambrosia spritzer because pomegranate and mead were considered food of the gods in ancient times.
1 ½ oz pomegranate juice
4 oz mead
2 oz club soda
In a large wine glass with ice add all the ingredients and enjoy!
This recipe can easily be made into a pitcher as well so you can serve it alongside your next brunch or picnic. Just don’t forget to bring the ice!
1 bottle of mead
3 cups of club soda
2 cups of pomegranate juice
By Krystle Turkington