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10 Of The Best Mead Recipes

10 Of The Best Mead Recipes

Let me come out and say that I am a huge fan of mead. To give you a basic idea of what mead is, think of it as “honey wine.” While that may or may not be a gross simplification, that is indeed what it tastes like to me. Like wine, it is created through a process of fermentation, the difference being that mead is made by fermenting honey rather than grapes.

Unlike wine, mead goes down very easily, much like flavored rum. So I suppose I should warn you to be a bit cautious when choosing to imbibe this particular beverage. While it is easier to drink than your average wine, it also packs nearly twice the amount of alcoholic content.

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s begin shall we? Below are a few mead recipes that piqued my interest, and indeed, I definitely plan on making a couple of these in the near future.

Note: these aren’t ranked, so don’t feel like the mead I have listed at #1 is inherently better than the one listed at #10.

1. Joe Mattioli’s Ancient Orange and Spice Mead

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    Ah, what better way to start off this list than with a mead made for the holidays?

    This mead recipe calls for the use of all of your wintry favorites, like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Its creator suggests making a batch in April if you want it to be ready-to-drink in December, so now is the perfect time to whip up your own version!

    Click here for the full recipe!

    2. Sir Michael of York Mead

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      This mead has the distinction of being created by an expert in the brewing industry, so it’s a safe bet that you’ll like it.

      What also caught my eye here is that this mead ages pretty quickly, at least in comparison to Joe Mattioli’s mead. Indeed, you can drink it about a month after first mixing the ingredients together.

      As the source recipe notes, you need to place it in a refrigerated area as it ages, else the mixture can become “explosive.” Guess that’s why they made us all take chemistry in high school!

      Click here for the full recipe!

      3. Cyser Apple Mead

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        This recipe notes that “cyser” is a combination of honey and apple cider, which to me sounds like a match made in heaven. And, ironically enough, this just happens to be a drink that was supremely popular during Biblical times.

        Click here for the full recipe!

        4. Elderberry Mead

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          Elderberries are thought to have powerful medical effects, and have been known to be used in a variety of homemade cold and flu remedies.

          The creator of this recipe states that the beneficial attributes of elderberries remain within the mead even after the brewing process, and thus you can drink this tasty creation whenever you feel like you are coming down with something nasty.

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          Click here for the full recipe!

          5. Cherry Mead

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            We add cherries and cherry flavor to countless other beverages, so why not mead?

            What’s great about this particular brew is that the ingredients required to make it are inexpensive and easily attainable. My suggestion would be to buy your cherries when they are cheap and in season. Then, make this mead, and you’ll have access to a cherry-based beverage that will last you until the fruit is in season again!

            Click here for the full recipe!

            6. Vanilla Bean Chamomile Mead

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              Vanilla lattes are incredibly popular amongst coffee lovers. If the flavor works so wonderfully with espresso, why not add it to mead? That’s exactly what this brilliant recipe allows you to do.

              It’s made even better by the fact that it’s accompanied by chamomile, an ingredient you will often find in tea (it’s usually quite calming).

              The creator of this recipe states that this mead “rolls over the tongue like a dream.” I’m afraid I can’t give it any better of an endorsement than that!

              Click here for the full recipe!

              7. Fire Mead

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                As the name would suggest, this mead is brewed using a variety of spicy, tongue-tingling ingredients.

                If you’re a fan of foods that make your mouth burn, then this might be the alcoholic beverage for you, as it incorporates chili peppers to provide a nice kick.

                Click here for the full recipe!

                8. Classic Mead

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                  I’ve listed a bunch of fanciful and flavorful mead recipes, but what if you just want to make some of the original, basic stuff? Don’t worry, I haven’t forgot about that!

                  This is a great mead to make if you’re just starting out as a home brewer. Once you’ve mastered something like this, it will be easy to try out all sorts of crazy flavor combinations.

                  What I also like about this recipe is that its creator wrote it with novices in mind, providing clear step-by-step instructions. This is a huge help if you have never brewed anything before.

                  Click here for the full recipe!

                  9. Blackberry Mead

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                    According to the author of this recipe, blackberry mead is the perfect beverage to brew during the summer. This is mainly because summer is, depending on where you live, the season when you’ll be able to go out and pick your own blackberries.

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                    Additionally, this mead is noted as being sweet, but not overly sweet. If you like balance in your brews then this one might be for you.

                    Click here for the full recipe!

                    10. Maple Mead

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                      What happens when a mead-lover finds a bottle of maple syrup in their cupboards? They use it to create an entirely new kind of mead of course!

                      This one is for you pancake and waffle lovers. If you love the taste of maple syrup on your breakfast foodstuffs, this mead just might be the best drink you’ve ever tasted.

                      As the creator of this recipe notes, it can be a tad sweet. If you would like to change that, you can always cut down on the amount of honey you use.

                      Click here for the full recipe!

                      Conclusions

                      Hope you all enjoyed this list of magnificent mead recipes! Remember: mead is chock full of alcohol and it goes down easy, so pace yourself. Also, if you are just starting out, I highly suggest attempting the classic mead recipe first. It really lays out the brewing process in a straightforward and easy-to-grasp manner. Happy mead-making folks!

                      Have you tried brewing alcoholic beverages in the past? Were they successes? Tell us your stories in the comments below!

                      Featured photo credit: Mead/ Paul Joseph via flickr.com

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                      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                      Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                      But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                      I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                      Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                      1. Nuts

                      The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                      Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                      Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                      Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                      2. Blueberries

                      Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                      When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                      3. Tomatoes

                      Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                      4. Broccoli

                      While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                      Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                      Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                      5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                      Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                      The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                      Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                      6. Soy

                      Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                      Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                      Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                      7. Dark Chocolate

                      When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                      Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                      8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                      Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                      B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                      Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                      Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                      To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                      9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                      Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                      Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                      Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                      10. Gingko Biloba

                      This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                      It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                      However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                      11. Green and Black Tea

                      Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                      Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                      Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                      12. Sage and Rosemary

                      Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                      Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                      When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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