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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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                      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                      Con #4: Unique Distractions

                      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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