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10 Of The Best Mead Recipes

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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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                      Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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                      Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

                      Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

                      During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

                      But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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                      Simplify

                      I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

                      Absolutely.

                      And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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                      If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

                      • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
                      • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
                      • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

                      Be Mindful

                      You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

                      Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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                      Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

                      Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

                      Reflect

                      As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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                      Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

                      But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

                      So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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