Pleased to mead you! (Re)discovering a unique drink (and cocktail ingredient!) that’s the bee's knees
World Best Bar
Jun 01, 2021
26 November 2020
One of the oldest alcoholic drinks known to man, mead — also known as honey wine — has slowly been making a rather unexpected comeback over the past couple of years.
Often associated with mythology and believed to be the drink of choice of Gallic druids or Viking warriors, mead’s image had been thoroughly refreshed in a remarkable revival as more and more companies are racing to update the centuries-old beverage for a modern audience.
Around the globe, dedicated venues and breweries have been multiplying as of late, with notable examples including London’s Gosnells Mead Garden and Brooklyn’s All-Wise Meadery, founded by actor and mead aficionado Dylan Sprouse.
Made from honey and water through fermentation with yeast, the defining characteristic of mead is that the majority of the beverage’s fermentable sugar is derived from the honey. Truly versatile, it can exist in still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling form; with flavor ranging from dry, semi-sweet, or sweet.
Boasting a rather inimitable taste with bold, expressive floral aromas,it’s only natural that mead should also be making its way into original cocktail recipes and innovative riffs on time-proven classics. You could spruce up your Mint Julep with the addition of a dry, sparking mead, or use a richer, fruit-flavored mead such as Cornish Mead Co’s Blackberry Mead to upgrade a timeless Gin Bramble.
In the mood for experimenting?