Monday, March 12, 2007

Favorite Irish Drink #5: Mead

Mead also known as "honey wine" is made of honey, water and yeast. It's an alcoholic beverage. Meadhing is the practice of brewing honey.

Sometimes mead also contains spices (like cloves, cinnamon or nutmeg) or herbs (such as oregano or even lavender or chamomile) -- which is called metheglin. This word is derived from the Welsh word meddyglyn, meaning "medicinal liquor", as healing herbs were often stored as metheglin so they would be available over the winter (as well as making them much easier to swallow). A mead that contains fruit (such as strawberry, blackcurrant or even rose hips) is called melomel and was also used as a means of food preservation, keeping summer produce for the winter.

Mulled mead is a popular winter holiday drink, where mead is flavored with spices and warmed, traditionally by having a hot poker plunged into it.

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Favorite Irish Drink #6: Cream Liquor

You've probably heard of “Bailey's Irish Cream” -- there's also similar liquors like that that are available. They're marketed most to the women. The ingredients are the same, the only thing that is different is their proportions. This obviously effects the taste. They're usually drunk while moderately cool. They're also available on ice or as a shot in black coffee.

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posted by Gerry at Monday, March 12, 2007 |