About a month ago I made my first batch of mead. This was a quick mead inspired by a recipe in Sandor Katz’s book The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved. I have been fascinated with fermented drinks ever since I tried kefir many years ago. My interest was heightened when I stumbled across a post on Mark’s Daily Apple dealing with digestive health.
My goal with this was to have a nice drink that would also be good for me. This drink seems to serve that purpose. Making it was simple. The base is seven parts water and one part honey. That’s it. I wanted to add a twist, so I used 3 parts water, 4 parts chamomile tea, and 1 part honey.
The ingredients are mixed into a large container (I used a gallon jar) and mixed. . . vigorously. Often. As in 5 times the first day. This action helps to start the fermenation process. When you are not mixing the concoction it should be covered with cheesecloth or something similar that will allow the elixir to “breathe.” Place it in a dark space.
Continue stirring over the next week. Taste it! You can drink it now or allow it to ferment further. Mine got a lot sweeter as it continued to ferment. The taste now reminds me of a sweet tart.