Mead is an alcoholic drink primarily made from three ingredients: honey, water, and yeast. Often dubbed as ‘honey wine’, mead holds a distinct category in the realm of alcoholic beverages. The notable difference lies in the use of honey as the primary source of sugar, contrary to wine, which uses fruit. Just like wine, mead can be aged for months or even years, typically contains 10-14% alcohol, and is traditionally sold by the bottle.
Mead can be enjoyed both cold and warm, depending on personal preference. Traditionally, mead was served at room temperature or slightly warmed, but many people today prefer it chilled. Simply place it in the fridge for a few hours before serving to chill mead.
If you prefer your mead warm, you can heat it gently in a saucepan or the microwave. However, be careful not to overheat it or boil it, as this can affect the taste.
Ultimately, the choice is yours, and you should experiment to find the temperature you enjoy the most. Whether you drink cold or warm mead, you will surely enjoy this delicious and historic beverage.
It’s one of the oldest alcoholic drinks in the world, with evidence of its production dating back to ancient times. Mead can be flavored with various fruits, spices, and herbs, giving it a wide range of tastes and aromas. The honey used in mead production can come from different floral sources, like clover, wildflower, or orange blossom, which can also impact the flavor. Mead has gained popularity recently due to its unique taste and versatility.
To properly drink mead, select an appropriate glass to enhance the flavor. Pour the mead into the glass and take a moment to appreciate the color and clarity. Next, swirl the mead to release its aromas before taking a small sip. Allow the mead to coat your mouth and savor the complex flavors.
If you are throwing the original cork back into the bottle, this will be safe in the fridge for a week or two. If you get a vacuum cork you can keep a bottle of mead in the fridge for weeks, even up to a couple of months. We highly recommend purchasing a vacuum cork!