Mead is a honey wine obtained by fermentation of honey and water using yeast. However, it can be given additional flavors by adding fruits or spices. Although the liquor is both wine and beer. It is often classified as wine due to its alcohol content. It’s stronger than beer.
If you think back to the origin of mead, there are different stories. If we consider the mythological side, the drink was considered the “drink of the gods”. It is believed that Rigveda, a holy book of Vedic religions, describes the drink as soma. The ancient Greeks used to call Mead ambrosia or nectar dew straight from heaven.
Historically, mead, one of the oldest alcoholic beverages, was discovered by accident. Extracts of the alcoholic beverage have been found in pottery vessels dating back to 7000 BC. It is believed to have been produced when raindrops fell into a jar of honey and fermentation took place. After that, the Chinese province of Henan began to drink it.
In recent years, the drink has gained immense popularity and is now a favorite drink of many. The taste of the drink varies depending on the quality of the honey. Traditional mead is said to be made from sweet honey like orange blossom, clover or acacia. However, modern mead like melomel is made from fruits like blackberry and raspberry.
Do you know that mead is a signature drink for your “honeymoon”? The term “honeymoon” comes from the ancient tradition of drinking honey wine during a full moon cycle after a new marriage. It was believed to be a fruitful tradition to have many children. Also, experts believe that mead, when mixed with spices and herbs, was used as a health tonic in medieval times. Although there is no medical evidence for the claim.
So the next time you take a sip of mead, sip it like a legend!
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