Mead Recipes and Their Traditional Variations

Mead needs to age for a few months just like red wine.

Styles of Meads

Dry mead: made of honey and water only. It’s stronger than wine made from grapes and can reach 18% abv.

Sweet mead: slightly weaker than dry mead and has stronger honey flavor and character.

Cyser: a combination of honey and apple cider. This is the strong drink of biblical times. Both the honey and the cider will ferment to a clean dry wine. It makes a great sparkling wine when primed with corn sugar or honey when bottled.

Pyment: a blend of honey, grape juice and water. It is a great light wine for summer. You will be amazed at how much grape character comes through and the honey flavored finish is excellent.

Melomel: made from honey, water and any fruit other than grapes or apples. Our melomel recipes use fruit puree.

Metheglin: starts with traditional sweet or dry mead with herbs and spices added. For an exotic wine, check our herbs and spices selection.

Hippocrass: a combination of pyment and spices. You must choose your spice wisely so as not to impair the flavor of the honey and grape.

Braggot: the invention of ale. Brewed from honey, malted barley and sometimes hops. A ratio of one part honey to one part dry malt extract is a good place to start. Choose a low alpha acid hop to avoid making bitter ale.

Recipes

Cyser Apple Mead
Cyser is a combination of honey and sweet apple cider that is fermented into a tart wine beverage.
Smooch: Red Zinfandel Pyment
Mead recipe for a red zinfandel pyment known as smooch.
Traditional Semi-Dry Mead
How to homebrew traditional semi-dry mead from honey and other winemaking ingredients.
Nut Brown Braggot
Braggot is a strong beer made with honey as a major part of the fermentable sugars. Uses hopped malt extract to make a sweet style mead.
Melomel Blackberry Mead
Recipe for the blackberry wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Melomel Blueberry Mead
Recipe for the blueberry wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Melomel Raspberry Mead
Recipe for the raspberry wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Melomel Cherry Mead
Recipe for the cherry wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Melomel Peach Mead
Recipe for the peach wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Melomel Apricot Mead
Recipe for the apricot wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Dry Mead Recipe
Brewing instructions for traditional dry mead made with honey.
Sweet Mead Recipe
Instructional recipe for making a sweet mead wine.
homemade mead with mulling spices

Mead Making

Honey, Water and Yeast Make the Ancient Drink Called Mead