The History Of Mead And The Lindisfarne Mead

RecipeReminiscing

If you’ve read mythology, you’ve undoubtedly run across mead, this drink of heroes, gods, lovers and kings.

522_lindisfarne_03The god Odin gave an eye to drink mead and gain wisdom. The hero Beowulf drank it and bragged about his valiant deeds. It was drunk in Ancient Greece and Medieval Europe, where spiced mead was a favourite of the English kings.

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Lindisfarne – The Holy Island

Mead is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks, a drink brewed from honey, water and yeast and quite appropriate for a God, or even your best friend. That’s right, mead is still made today by St Aidan’s Winery. Its name is Lindisfarne Mead and is a great, unique gift for a favourite family member or even newlyweds.

You might be scratching your head right now, wondering why newlyweds would want mead. In pre-Christian Europe, mead was one of the traditional wedding gifts. When a couple was…

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Categories: Beverage, Culinary Surprises, Vikings

2 replies

  1. Howdy!
    Any easy and not so expensive Mead recipe?
    Would really appreciate it!
    Have a great day!

    • Hey Leal-
      I make my own. Pretty easy if you can stomach the hardest ingredient = TIME

      3-4# of honey per gallon ( I make 5gal batches)
      wine yeast
      sanitized Glass container (i.e. cider jug) fitted with airlock stopper (or even a balloon)
      (personally I like to add a handful of golden raisins and a few sliced up oranges)

      directions: Heat up water and mix in the honey. Some folks boil it, but unless you are dealing with raw honey, I think you are safe. When mixture cools, add yeast and fruit and stopper the bottle. Then wait and wait and wait some more. After a few weeks/months you will see the dead yeast on the bottom. siphon off the liquid to a clean bottle and let it sit more. Every couple months, rack the liquid into a new bottle. It is ready when it shines like a jewel, or when you can read a newspaper through the bottle. Best results come from aging it a 1-3 years. It is a lengthy process, but when you do it for several years, you have a ready supply.
      Skål!

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