Mead is a honey wine alcoholic beverage made from from fermented honey and water. The origins of mead are ancient, as mead predates beer and goes back well over 4000 years. In fact the word honeymoon refers to the ancient tradition of drinking mead on one's wedding night to enhance fertility and increase the chance of producing a male heir.
Types of Mead
- Traditional Mead - made from honey, yeast and water - literally a wine made from honey.
- Melomel - Meads that have been flavored with additional fruits such as peach, blackberry, plum, apple, pear or others. Specific variations include Cyser, Braggot and Pyment.
- Metheglin - Meads made with spices to cover the flavor of fermentation.
- Cyser - Meads made with apples and honey, a type of melomel.
- Pyment - Meads made with grapes and honey, a type of melomel.
- Hippocras - Meads made with grapes, honey, and spices, a combination of a pyment and a metheglin.