Sweet with honey and spices, traditional Irish Mead can be an ideal choice for the sunny autumn days, and it’s such a fun recipe to try. Treat yourself to this medieval Gaelic beverage, which is best enjoyed in delicate, fluted glasses for a touch of Emerald Isle elegance.
Authentic mead, which is made with white wine and honey, hearkens back to the days of romantic turreted castles, wild Irish horses, and flowing, laced gowns and breeches…
Meade, or honey wine, that is brewed from scratch requires typical wine making tools and equipment; if you’ve made your own wine at home, you’re a perfect candidate for testing out this seventh-century drink!
However, you can mimic the taste of aged honey wine by adding some tasty spices and sweetness to bottled white wine for the perfect effect.
“Quick” Mead Ingredients
2 bottles white wine & 2 cups wild organic honey
1/4 cup jasmine tea
1/4 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp powdered cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan, and stir until well mixed; it may be best to add the honey gradually (to taste), as some will prefer a sweeter (or less-sugary tasting) mead. When all ingredients are combined, pour the mead into flutes and serve immediately. This sweet “dessert” wine is best served very cold.
For an easy shortcut and a taste of perfectly brewed, meticulously spiced mead (such as the Irish High Kings might have drunk), visit the liquor store and ask for a bottle of imported Irish Bunratty Mead.
When served warm, this beverage is known as mulled mead. Other mulled wines may be created by heating hearty red wines on low heat with cinnamon sticks, lemon, allspice, and cloves; these traditional drinks are wonderful treats for grown-ups on Halloween or at outdoor harvest festivals…