Mead. Honey Wine. Grog. “Pond Water”. For Renaissance Faire-goers, sweet wine aficionados, and the normal mortal human alike, there can always be Mead. The sweet honey nectar starts at the basic part of fermentation and home brewing, and can reap some amazing rewards. Some brewers opt to add fruit and spices, each creating a new, bright, and unique taste. However, it can take up to a month for the brew to finish. If you’re rushed for a refreshing glass, and don’t have a store that carries it nearby, here’s an exceedingly easy recipe that can cost as little $7.50, and that’s if you have to go out and buy the wine and honey. Ladies and gents, I give you: Minute Mead. *Slainte*
This recipe creates a moderately heavy honey taste. The Chablis is the undertone flavor on this. You can always adjust according to your own preference.
1 – 1.5L bottle of dessert wine (using Chablis)
2/3 cup honey
(2) 2cup, or larger, liquid measuring cup, one of them should be Microwaveable
Warning: Due to displacement with the honey as a denser additive, there will be a slight bit of extra wine. Consume as necessary.
- Pour 8 ounces (1cup) of wine from the bottle into each measuring cup. Into the one microwaveable cup, add the 2/3 cup honey.
- Microwave the honey and wine mix for 1 minute on High. Keep an eye on it to prevent boiling.
- Stir mix to make sure that the honey is incorporated into the wine to create a uniformed concentrate.
- Pour this back into the wine bottle.
- Replace cap on the wine bottle & shake gently to mix. Remove cap to allow any heat built up to escape. If there is still a bit of room in the bottle, feel free to add any more of the remaining wine from the other measuring cup (if not yet consumed). Remember to leave a little room in the bottle for agitation.
- Replace cap and refrigerate for 24 hours.
- Enjoy. The longer that it sits, the more it will “mature”, and the honey flavor will deepen slightly. Use within a month. (Personal experience has left bottles for up to a year, although it gets a little murky).
For times when more would be required, many stores also carry the Chablis in the big jug bottles (Carlo Rossi has a 3.0L bottle, which would mean that you just double everything). Muawahahahaha.