Mead is one of those alcohols that are made through fermentation. It is considered to be very healthy and can provide amazing benefits. Why else would it be claimed as “the drink of gods”? However, there are still quite a few problems and side effects in consuming mead; and this may be due to its alcohol content or from the other ingredients used to make it. But did you know that there is another way to enjoy mead? There is actually a lot of insight regarding this and many people have also been trying different recipes to imitate mead. Instead of the usual mead, there is the non-alcoholic mead.
Before we start discussing non-alcoholic mead and how to make it, let’s first get to know how mead became a relevant drink and the potential benefits that made it receive a lot of praises and compliments.
THE HISTORY OF MEAD
If you think it was the bear or the wine which started the age of alcoholic drink, well you thought wrong. The mead was actually considered to be a very old drink that was discovered earlier than other discoveries like wheels.
It was a long time ago when mead was first consumed by humans. Specifically, 4,000 years have already passed since the day it was first publicly drunk by quite a lot of people who lived in ancient Asia, Africa, and Europe. Mead may even be a staple drink during those times, just like how alcohol is consumed for celebrations in modern times. You can try imagining ancient kingdoms while the royal family is having dinner and the king asks for a toast of their mead wines.
Norsemen, Greeks, and even mythological gods and goddesses are said to be the first ones to ever get a taste of mead. They used the drink for different occasions, but most of the time they enjoy mead when they are celebrating. There was even a time in history when mead was considered as the honeymoon drink; where mead was used as a tool to help newlyweds on their wedding night consummation since they are expected to bear a child as soon as possible.
There are actually many more days when mead has been a part of world history. As for Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare, they also loved drinking mead during their times.
It was pretty much mead that started the drinking of alcohol. Its popularity and reputation had a strong foundation during the ancient times but it suddenly went down and decline the moment beer has made its way to the top.
The long history of mead made it the first alcoholic companion of humankind. It has witnessed a lot of drunken nights and joyful celebrations, which is why mead is still adored by some up to this day.
WHAT IS MEAD?
Mead is considered healthy because of how it is processed and from its ingredients. Plus, it is actually not that hard to make mead.
The process of creating mead is done through fermentation. It is a healthy form of food processing that involves the conversion of sugar particles into ethyl alcohol. But instead of the typical sugar, honey is used for the fermentation of mead; and the other important ingredients are just water and the fermenting agent which is yeast.
Other alcoholic beverages like wine and beer also undergo fermentation. It only differs on which ingredients to use and how long the fermentation process will be.
What Are The Benefits Of Mead?
The fermentation process is one of the healthiest ways to keep the shelf life of some foods and create a new product at the same time. Also, this process is able to produce a lot of enzymes which are known as probiotics; they have a lot of healthy contributions to the body, especially for the digestive system.
In terms of alcohol content, mead is said to contain about 5 to 20% alcohol. It usually differs depending on the brewer or maker, but the given figures are where its alcohol content is usually around. There are also different flavors of mead since it normal to add a few other tasty ingredients like fruits, spices, herbs, and such,
The top benefit of drinking mead is the probiotics that can improve gut health. It is actually better if the body consumes good amounts of probiotics because they will surely be helpful in balancing the body’s gut flora; which is its main purpose after all.
HOW TO MAKE NON-ALCOHOLIC MEAD
Do you want to try mead yourself but you are into alcoholic drinks? Worry no more. There is a discovery on making supposed non-alcoholic meads; they are easy to make and they only require minimal ingredients.
To avoid unwanted alcohol content, non-alcoholic meads do not undergo fermentation or any other process. Non-alcoholic mead is usually drunk as soon as possible after it is made. You may also refrigerate and then consumed in the evening if you want a colder drink.
Normally, meads have a wide variety of flavors. So in this sample, I will just be providing simple and easy to follow tips in making your own non-alcoholic mead.
What you’ll need:
- Apple juice
For easy measuring, we can use the 1-2-3 method of parting by using one part apple juice, two-part honey, and 3 parts water. You can use a cup in measuring these parts; just be sure to put the right amount of ingredients to ensure that the taste will be somehow similar to alcoholic mead.
The process is easy too, you will just need a pan and a strainer.
- Combine the three ingredients in a pan, put the mixture over the stove, and slowly bring them to a boil.
- Once it starts boiling, you may mix it occasionally. Let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, let it cool first before using the strainer to remove particles made from boiling the mixture.
- Transfer the finished product to a glass or other container. Be sure it is in room temperature before refrigerating.
- You may also drink it right after the process, just let it cool first and then you may add a few cubes of ice.