Mead: The Libations, Legends, and Lore of History's Oldest Drink

Mead: The Libations, Legends, and Lore of History's Oldest Drink


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With fantastical narratives, home-brewing instructions, and original craft cocktail recipes, Mead is the ultimate exploration of the resurgent alcoholic beverage that is nearly as old as time itself.

Beloved by figures as diverse as Queen Elizabeth and Thor, the Vikings and the Greek gods, mead is one of history's most storied beverages. But this mixture of fermented honey isn't just a relic of bygone eras — it's experiencing a cultural renaissance, taking pride of place in trendy cocktail bars and craft breweries across the country. Equal parts quirky historical narrative, DIY manual, and cocktail guide, Mead is a spirited look at the drink that's been with us even longer than wine.

Mead gives readers a fascinating introduction to the rich story of this beloved beverage — from its humble beginnings to its newfound popularity, along with its vital importance in seven historic kingdoms: Greece, Rome, the Vikings, Poland, Ethiopia, England, and Russia. Pairing a quirky, historical narrative with real practical advice, beverage expert Fred Minnick guides readers through making 25 different types of mead, as well as more than 50 cocktails, with recipes from some of the country's most sought-after mixologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762463589
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,115,680
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Fred Minnick is an award-winning author and spirits expert. His previous titles Whiskey Women, Bourbon Curious, and Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Spirit paved the way for the artisanal whiskey resurgence, and he is a frequent beverage contributor for major publications, including the Huffington Post and Parade. Fred is the Bourbon Authority for the Kentucky Derby Museum and speaks regularly at nationwide cocktail conferences. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Follow him on Twitter @fredminnick

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Mead? 4

Part 1 Understanding Mead 13

Chapter 1 The Bee's Mead 14

Chapter 2 Making Mead 30

Chapter 3 How To Mix With Mead 64

Part 2 The Kingdoms and Cocktails 83

Chapter 4 Ancient Greece 84

Chapter 5 Roman Empire 102

Chapter 6 Viking Age 126

Chapter 7 Medieval Poland 146

Chapter 8 Ethiopian Empire 162

Chapter 9 Russia 176

Chapter 10 England and America 194

Bibliography 230

Index 234

Acknowledgments 240

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