Mead is a fermented honey wine that has been around for thousands of years. It’s made by combining water with honey, yeast, and fruit or herbs to make what many consider the oldest alcoholic drink in human history.
What does mead taste like? Is it sweet or dry? What are the steps to make mead? Does it taste like champagne – is mead sweet or dry? These are just some of the questions answered in this article about what does mead tastes like and how it is made!
The taste of mead ranges from dry to sweet, with a fruity and tart flavor that may remind you of wine. Mead is not carbonated like beer or sparkling drinks such as champagne. The process of making mead occurs in three stages: fermentation (making the drink), aging (adding flavors), and bottling (storing for later use).
Fermentation – Making the Drink
Mead can be made by combining water with honey, yeast, fruit, or herbs to make what many consider the oldest alcoholic drink in human history! However, it was originally made back then we don’t know because there were no written records until 2000 BC when Greek poets wrote about drinking mead at parties held during festivals honoring Dionysus.
Mead is made in three stages, which include fermentation of the drink and adding flavors.
Aging – Adding Flavors
A mead maker may choose to age it for a short time or for months or even years to develop more complex flavors by allowing yeast and bacteria to work on the sugars present in honey (which can be converted into alcohol). Mead makers have been aging their drinks for centuries, with some production dates back as far as 2000 BC.
Bottling – Storing For Later Use
Most bottles are sealed air-tight after being filled; however, homebrewers often store opened bottles of mead in an almost full fifth that has had a third cup of sugar dissolved in it before sealing so that when they take a drink they are getting a bit of the carbonation
Serve and Enjoy
Mead is best enjoyed when it has aged for at least six months. Some find that 12-24 months produces the most complex flavor profile, but this also depends on what flavors were added during aging. Mead can be drunk with or without food as an appetizer before dinner, in place of wine or champagne, as dessert after finishing a meal (the sweetness pairs well with chocolate), or even heated up to offer some warmth on chilly nights! The only limit is one’s own imagination!
Enjoy mead responsibly because alcohol consumption does lead to dehydration and drunkenness which can cause injury and death. Always have water close by if enjoying mead while out socializing.
How to drink mead responsibly
Always have a glass of water close by if drinking Mead while socializing so that you can stay hydrated and avoid drunkenness which could lead to injury or death, as alcohol consumption does cause dehydration.
Drink in moderation – no more than one (12 oz.) servings per day for women and two servings for men. At most, try not to exceed three total drinks per night out on the town with friends. Feeling a little woozy? Stop what you’re doing until it wears off! You don’t want your last memories of good times with friends being regretfully thinking “I should’ve stopped after my third”. No need to be fancy about how much is appropriate: just don’t drink more than what you think is a moderate amount.
Do not mix with other substances – drinking alcohol and taking certain prescription medications, illegal drugs or over-the-counter products can lead to very dangerous side effects like unconsciousness and death!
It’s never safe to drive while under the influence of any substance that impairs one’s judgment or motor skills
If you ever find yourself in an emergency situation because your friend was drunk driving, call 911 as soon as possible so they can get help before anyone gets hurt. Remember: it could be you next time if someone doesn’t take action now. If somebody isn’t capable of getting themselves out of harm’s way, act responsibly by intervening on their behalf—don’t let them drive drunk.
A person’s blood alcohol concentration is determined by the total amount of ethanol in their system, not how much they’ve consumed or what time it is. If someone drinks enough for a BAC to reach 0.08% within an hour (or less), they are legally impaired and considered too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle on public roads regardless of when they last drank!
Ethanol affects every system in your body !!! Alcohol breaks down quickly in the stomach but it can take hours before all of it leaves your bloodstream so you may still be under its influence long after leaving a drinking establishment.