To Drink or Not To Drink, THAT Is The Question!

Back in Shakespeare's day, the Elizabethan period, most people drank ale or wine all day long. Why? Because the water was not safe to drink. Fermentation kills bacteria , thus, if you wanted to live to see one of Shakespeare's plays you didn't drink the non-potable water, you drank booze. The most popular wine of the era was a spiced, fermented honey wine called mead. Often fruits were added to the fermentation process as well.

You can make your own mead or be lazy like me and buy some. It's not really that hard to find as mead has made a comeback in today's cocktail world.  I bought mine online, Chaucers Mead, at BevMo.

"Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness."
~ William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act I, Scene I


3 Oz. Mead
Slash of Soda
1/2 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Oz Fresh Orange Juice
1 Teaspoon Honey Ridge Farms Honey Créme Spiced
1 Teaspoon Hot Water
Cup of Crushed Ice

Garnish: Fresh Raspberries, Orange Wheel, Lemon Slice

Tools: Bar spoon

Glass: Old Fashioned

Thin the spiced honey with the hot water.
Fill your glass to the top with crushed ice.
Pour in the mead, lemon and orange juices, give the cocktail a quick stir then top off with the soda.
Pile on the fresh raspberries, add the lemon and orange garnishes to the rim then drizzle the honey over the raspberries and serve.

"Met we on hill, in dale, forest, or mead. By pavèd fountain, or by rushy brook. Or in the beachèd margent of the sea. To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind."
~ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer's Night Dream

Updated 4-2017

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