There is a farmer’s market in town that has a vendor who sells locally made Mead, a.k.a honey wine. I’ve sampled it a few times and was always tempted to purchase a bottle. Well I finally did and I just loved the stuff.
Mead is widely considered to be the world’s oldest fermented drink, and through archaeological evidence we can estimate that it was being created and enjoyed as far back as 7000 BC in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq). It’s a very simple drink in it’s basic format: honey mixed with water, and fermented. Given that it is such an old drink there have been a huge amount of variants of mead, including a mixture of honey and maple syrup, mead with spices, mead with fruits, sack mead (more highly concentrated, stronger and sweeter mead), and a bunch more.
It was commonly referred to as the drink of Kings in the old days. Unfortunately from what I can find, it carries that sentiment in it’s price as well, as I cannot find a bottle cheaper than $20. For now this will remain an occasional treat although you can probably guess at this point that I am investigating the possibilities of making mead myself.