How do you drink like Shakespeare on his 400th birthday? Drink Mead!
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