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Home mead in two correct ways


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Mead is an alcoholic, not strong drink known in Russia, probably since the day when a person began to take care of the bees, for which he received such a generous gift like honey, with all its unique beneficial qualities. Back in Pushkin’s fairy tale, the narrator says that he was at a feast and drank honey, but he was dripping on his lips, and didn’t just fall into his mouth. True, then it was something different, but not ordinary tincture of honey on vodka, which can be found on the shelves of modern stores. So what is this, a real mead, the recipes for home cooking which were transmitted among our ancestors from father to son? Let's understand together how to prepare this fragrant and healthy drink, so that always on our table was the best for loved ones.

General tips and tricks: a simple recipe for this mead

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Everyone probably saw beautiful glass bottles with amber, clear liquid in the store on the shelf, with the inscription "Mead" on the label. Many people think that this tincture of vodka with the addition of honey, and of completely incomprehensible quality, is the very vaunted drink that our ancestors loved so much. In fact, everything is completely wrong, the old recipe of mead does not imply absolutely no alcohol in the composition, and its strength reached as much as 10-12%, which is not so much.

Since ancient times, mead was considered a low-alcoholic drink, with a strength of not more than 12%, which is made by fermenting honey. Moreover, to ferment it can be pushed by various methods, which will be discussed in the article. Usually, honey, yeast, hops, and sometimes even raisins or cherries can be part of such a mead. A sturdy mead on vodka, the recipe for which we also give below, is a modern invention that has practically no relation to the old honey.

For its preparation, immature or specially prepared honey was corked in oak barrels in a special way, and then buried in the ground. Hop was usually added to honey, and it was necessary to keep such a drink in the ground for at least two decades to make it completely ripe and perfect. It is unlikely that someone has the desire and opportunity to engage in such masochism, and mead can be cooked much faster and enjoy the stunning aroma and indescribable taste.

Simple mead recipes at home with yeast: grow honey

All strong types of mead, in which the alcohol content exceeds 3-5% percent, are necessarily prepared on the basis of honey and yeast. However, traditionally, in addition to water and honey, a variety of aromatic and flavor additives are added to the drink, for example, aromatic hops and nutmeg, cardamom, sage, coriander and cinnamon, and much more. This is a matter of taste, and if you do not want your mead to be spicy, then it is better not to add such herbs and spices.

Elementary, Vanya: how to cook mead at home, a recipe

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The simplest recipe for the preparation of this useful and fragrant drink is called “ordinary”, because it can be considered the basis for any mead. It will not be difficult to make such a drink in your own kitchen, even in a city apartment, so you should definitely try it, especially since the process will not take much time. The following ingredients are required to make a drink:

  • Three hundred grams of natural honey.
  • Two liters of purified or well, soft water.
  • About a tablespoon (about 5 grams) of yeast. You can take bakery, wine, dry and normal.

It will not be difficult to cook at all, but first you need to take a stainless steel saucepan or enameled. It is better not to use aluminum container, as honey may darken and grow cloudy from it. Pour the water into the pot and boil it, then gradually add the honey, stirring constantly. Consider that honey "likes" to stick to the walls and bottom of the tank, because you need to constantly and thoroughly stir the brew, until the honey finally dissolves. Also make sure that the medoc does not fall on the burners, as it can catch fire in a matter of seconds.

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Three to five minutes after boiling it will take a while to start raising the foam, which must be completely removed, and very carefully so that it does not dissolve in the main liquid. When the foam stops rising, and your future drink is clear, simply remove it from the heat and cool to a temperature of fifty degrees, and even better, to room temperature. The fact is that yeasts are living organisms, they will die at a high temperature, and then nothing will turn out. Pour a little syrup into a cup or jar, dissolve the yeast in it, and then add it to the container and stir it thoroughly.

Then everything is simple, mead should be left in a warm and dark place in order for the whole thing to ferment thoroughly. The easiest way is to use glass jars and bottles, which are easiest to close as needed. Pouring mead into the vessel, you need to make a special air vent.

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The easiest way to put a medical glove on the neck, for reliability, securing it with a postal elastic band. In one of the fingers make a small hole with a needle. You can also use the water seal, which will also be easy to do. A tube is inserted into the lid of the jar that does not reach the level of the liquid, and the other end is lowered into the water, as shown in the picture.

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When the fermentation stops, it can be understood, if the glove has fallen, or the bubbles have not left the tube for a long time, the mead should be carefully drained. Then you can pour it into bottles and close tightly with caps or corks. This mead should be stored in the cold, after three to six days it is completely ready for use, and in a few months it will acquire even more strength, but will become less sweet.

Monastic or novice mead at home: a simple recipe with hops

This wonderful drink was prepared in the old days not only for themselves, but also for sale, for example, it was often sold during fairs and folk festivals. However, most often such cases were occupied by monks, who, by definition, should not drink. In fact, it often turned out differently, but the recipe of the monastic mead did not at all get worse from this, but on the contrary. That is why it makes sense to tell you how to make mead at home, its recipe is simple and accessible, and besides the usual components, you will also have to get hop cones.

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  • One kilogram of light honey, of course naturally, is best suited for lime, but this is a matter of taste.
  • Three liters of clean, soft water.
  • Two teaspoons of ground hop cones, or a few hefty.
  • About five grams (tablespoon) of yeast of any kind, but it is best to take bread or wine.

Boil water and gradually, gradually dissolve your honey in it. It is much more convenient when it is fluid and liquid, but note that, for example, in the spring of this is not worth buying, this is a clear sign of a surrogate or a fake. Boil your brew over low heat for three hours, constantly stirring it, in order to avoid burning. Minutes from the fifth will foam, which will be very abundant, it must be removed immediately with a spoon or frequent skimmer.

After half an hour of cooking in honey you will need to add hops. Naturally, the easiest way is to simply throw it into the saucepan and mix, but there is a better method. Wrap hop cones in gauze folded in two or three, tie it all together, and tie a pebble to one end. After that, you can throw everything in mead. So from the hops everything that needs to be boiled out, but an ugly “straw” in the liquid will not float. Make sure that when boiling out a liquid, you regularly fill it, however, with exceptionally hot water.

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After three hours of cooking, the saucepan must be removed, cooled to 40-50 degrees, add diluted yeast, and leave to ferment under a lid in a warm place. For high-quality heating, you can use a special device for aquariums. As soon as a very thick foam appears, it will be necessary to pour the liquid into a glass vessel, for example, as in the previous version, and install a hydraulic seal.

According to an authentic recipe, as soon as the fermentation stops completely, freshly brewed tea should be added to the drink. On the glass, take two full-top spoons of tea leaves, this will be just in time. After the tea is infused for four or five minutes, and also completely cooled, it can be poured into the mead. You need to carefully filter the drink and you can drink it right away, but you can stand it for a month or two, it will become even more saturated and fragrant, and also stronger.

Easy "ladies" mead: a recipe for home cooking

The two previous recipes that we have provided here imply the production of mead, with a strength of up to ten or even twelve degrees, in the end. However, not everyone wants to do something similar, because there are easier options, which are now called ladies. This light mead in small doses can even be given to a child, as a medicine for sore throat, though not more than a tablespoon, however, even official medicine recognizes the effectiveness of this method of treatment.

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  • Three hundred grams of natural honey.
  • Two liters of purified, soft water.
  • Fifteen grams, about three full, with top, tablespoons of hops.
  • Half a teaspoon of dry yeast, or three to five grams.

We cook everything as in past recipes, however, the hops should be added as soon as the honey is dissolved. Boil for a light mead will not take long, just five or seven minutes, so that everything is ready. Remove the brew from the heat, cool and add the yeast, after which you can put in a warm, dark place, straight in a saucepan, covered with a cloth or gauze. After five to seven days, the fermentation will stop, the mead will need to be drained and bottled. Put the bottle on the best of the cold, and you can drink in a week.

Gorgeous mead from zabrus: recipe for a large company

If you have a holiday and many guests come, or maybe just a big family that loves to gather at the table, you definitely need a mead at home, a simple recipe with a video you will see at the end of the article, prepared from zabrus, because it will be a lot, and it does not require large expenditures and resources. However, it is necessary to acquire these same zabrusom, which in fact is corkscrews or seals of honeycombs, with honey stuck to them. Most often, these drinks are prepared by the beekeepers themselves, but this simple recipe does not interfere with mere mortals.

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  • Three kilograms of full-fledged bee swag.
  • A ten-liter bucket of clean, soft water, preferably from a well.
  • From one and a half, to two kilograms of natural honey, depending on the quality of zabrus.
  • A pound of any berries. This may be a cherry, raspberry, strawberry, strawberry, currant, blackberry, or whatever else comes to your head. You can use raisins and raisins, grapes, all this to your own taste.

Pour into a large container zabrus and unwashed berries with cold water, then mix thoroughly and put the pan in a dark, warm place. Be sure to ensure that the liquid in the pan takes no more than two-thirds of the volume, otherwise the foam will crawl through the top. As soon as fermentation begins, you can begin to count, somewhere in ten days, it must be fully completed.

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Ten days later, you need to drain a little liquid and dissolve the honey you purchased in advance, then mix everything together, and leave your honey masonry for the time of the second fermentation. As soon as it ends, it is easy enough to check it, bringing the lit match to the surface, which should not be extinguished, the mead should be qualitatively but very carefully filtered through several layers of gauze and poured into glass bottles or one bottle with a tight lid. You need to store the drink in a dry and cool place, and you can do this for six months.

Strong mead on vodka: a recipe for lovers of hotter

Absolutely any mead, homemade cooking recipes with video can be found on the Internet, based on the principle of self-fermentation, however, it does not differ in high level of alcohol, and there are cases when you really need something much stronger. Do not be upset, because there are special recipes of mead at home without boiling and boiling, which involve the addition of vodka or alcohol, which makes them much stronger and more expensive.

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  • Three hundred grams of natural honey.
  • A bottle of vodka in half a liter.
  • One large and ripe lemon with a thin rind.
  • A few leaves of mint.

It's all very simple, cooking does not take much time, and the ingredients, as you can see, are very ordinary. Stir honey and vodka in a saucepan, it is better to choose well-known trademarks in order not to fall for a surrogate. Squeeze lemon juice and pour it into your mix as well. At the very end, throw a couple of mint leaves, and pour all this liquid into a glass bottle and close the bottle quite tightly. There will be no wandering mixture, so you can not be afraid that the cover will be torn off.

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Prepared drink should be left for a day in a dark, but cool enough place, after which it should be thoroughly shaken. You need to shake the drink every other day until a week has passed. After this mead on vodka is completely ready for use. If desired, it can be filtered, and served on an extremely chilled table.

Recipe for mead with vodka with lime decoction


  • Yeast - 1 pack
  • Honey - 500 g
  • Linden flowers - 15 g
  • Vodka - 3 tbsp. l
  • Hop - 10 g
  • Water - 2 cups

How to cook: stirring honey in water (this will require a small amount of liquid at room temperature), pour boiling water over it and boil it for at least an hour over minimal heat. Add yeast to the cooled syrup and leave for 3-4 days. At the end of fermentation, add a decoction of hops and linden and vodka to the drink and leave it to ferment for a few more days. Then pour the drink into storage containers (preferably a keg) and keep it in a cold place for 4-5 months.

Spice Mead

For the preparation of mead for this recipe we need:

  • Water - 3 L
  • Honey - 1 kg
  • Vodka - ½ cup
  • Yeast - 2 tbsp. l
  • Carnation - 4 pcs.
  • Cinnamon, lemon balm, cardamom, violet - 1 tsp.

Cooking method: mix honey with water and boil over low heat until liquid molasses. After that, it must be drained, poured (preferably in a barrel), add yeast to the cooled syrup. After fermentation, add spices to a drink in a canvas bag and vodka. A month later, the finished mead on vodka strain and pour into storage tanks.

Strong mead with vodka and hops


  • Vodka
  • Water - 4 l
  • Honey - 600 g
  • Yeast - 2 tsp.
  • Hop - 10 cones
  • Cinnamon - 1 tsp.

Cooking: we mix honey in hot water and boil for 5 minutes. Remove the foam and add cinnamon and hops to the syrup. All well stir and turn off the fire. Add the yeast to the cooled base for mead and put it in the heat to wander for a few days. After the fermentation is completed, we filter the drink and bring it to the desired strength by adding vodka.

Strong mead without yeast

A drink made from two liters of water, 400 grams of honey and vodka is essentially a mixture of vodka and honey dissolved in water. To taste it turns out sweetish mead with a characteristic honey aroma. And in terms of strength and effects on the body, it resembles ordinary vodka.

To prepare the basis for mead, honey and water syrup must be boiled a few minutes after boiling. At the same time, we spice up the drink with various seasonings (cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, cloves). Cool and dilute to the desired strength with vodka.

Strong mead on vodka - an alcoholic drink to an amateur. Those who prefer the classic honey drink, prepared according to old recipes, where benefit is more valuable than degree, are unlikely to choose these recipes.

But still, mead-vodka properly cooked at home with high-quality ingredients, with respect for proportions and aging, will surely find its admirers. But, of course, we must remember that this is a strong drink and it should be consumed wisely.

With herbs

The preparation of herbal mead based on herbs is not limited to the ingredients we offer you. You can independently change or remove components - it all depends on your imagination and taste preferences.

What you need

  • 120–130 g of honey,
  • 1000 ml of vodka
  • 20 g of coriander and the same amount of oak bark,
  • a large pinch of dried lemon balm or other herbs,
  • on a small pinch of thyme and fragrant zubrovki.

Home cooking method

Приготовить медовуху на водке с добавлением трав в домашних условиях очень просто: сперва в алкоголь добавляют мед и перемешивают, затем — остальные ингредиенты.

Готовую смесь нужно поместить в холодильник (или в другое темное и холодное место) на 30 days. После того как напиток настоится, его процеживают и разливают по бутылкам.


Этот рецепт, так же как и предыдущий, очень прост. Все составляющие нужно смешать и поставить в холодильник на 10 дней.

Чтобы мед полностью растворился, следует почаще перемешивать смесь. When the tincture is ready, it should be filtered and poured into dark bottles, wine is best suited.

Lemon meadcooked at home will be qualitatively different from the store alcoholic beverages with lemon flavor due to the presence of natural and fresh ingredients.

Lime Mead: recipe

Such a low-alcohol beverage is prepared with a small addition of vodka or alcohol and lime-colored. And not only fresh “amber” will be suitable for this recipe, but also candied.

Ingredient list

  • 1000 ml mint alcohol tincture,
  • 300 g honey
  • pinch of ground cinnamon.


This recipe, as well as the previous one, is very simple. All components need to be mixed and refrigerated for 10 days.

To honey completely dissolved, you should often mix the mixture. When the tincture is ready, it should be filtered and poured into dark bottles, wine is best suited.

Lemon meadcooked at home will be qualitatively different from the store alcoholic beverages with lemon flavor due to the presence of natural and fresh ingredients.

What you need for lemon mead


  • 350 g honey
  • 600 ml of vodka
  • a couple of fresh mint leaves (it can come up and dried),
  • 1 lemon

Step-by-Step Cooking List

Follow the list:

  1. Squeeze the juice from the lemon (zest and pulp are not needed).
  2. Mix lemon juice with honey.
  3. Add vodka and mint.
Insist should be a week in a dark place. Drink does not require straining.

Lime Mead: recipe

Such a low-alcohol beverage is prepared with a small addition of vodka or alcohol and lime-colored. And not only fresh “amber” will be suitable for this recipe, but also candied.

Ingredient list

  • 100 g fresh yeast or 30 g dry,
  • 0.5 kg of honey
  • 1-2 glasses of dried lime flowers,
  • 50 g of vodka
  • from 5 to 10 g of hops,
  • 500 ml of water.

How to make a drink with vodka and lime decoction

Nectar should be stirred with water at room temperature, then the resulting liquid is poured into a saucepan with boiling water and boil about 50–60 minutes. Then the resulting syrup is cooled, add yeast and incubated for 4 days. On the last day, alcohol and lime-hoppy broth are added, allowed to stand for another 2 or 3 days, and only after that they are bottled.

Withstand such a drink should be in a cool place for 4 to 6 months.

With the addition of hops

To prepare the tincture on hops, you will need:

  • vodka, its amount depends on the fortress that you want to get,
  • from 3 to 4 liters of filtered water, it is best to buy bottled non-carbonated water,
  • 0.6 kg of honey
  • 25 g fresh or 3 g dry yeast,
  • about a dozen hop cones,
  • 5 g cinnamon.
The cooking process is simple: "Amber" should be diluted in hot water, and then boiled for about 5 minutes on low heat. Cones and cinnamon are added to the mixture. Then, when everything is cool, you need to add the yeast and leave to stand in a warm place for 3-4 days. At the end of fermentation, add the amount of vodka you need.

Recipes - Original recipes mead with vodka and alcohol

The original recipes of mead with vodka and alcohol - Recipes

Each mead cooked at home has its own strength. Many people want to increase the degree. This is a mead on vodka, alcohol contains a sufficient amount of alcohol, it is easy to make, you need to find the original and suitable recipe for yourself ingredients. To make a high-quality, you need to strictly observe the dosage and preparation technology.

Rules for making mead on vodka and moonshine

Some prefer to use vodka, it does not need to be diluted with water, like alcohol. The recipe is similar with the previous one. Everything is much easier:

  1. It is important that vodka is not fake, but quality.
  2. Vodka should not be different flavors, chemical elements.
  3. Can not be used with the taste of apple, honey. So the product will spoil the taste and quality of mead.

Using moonshine, the drink does not always turn out to be of high-quality, it all depends on the alcoholic drink, what taste it has, degree.

It is important that moonshine had a moderate strength, there was no bitterness in it. Also, the moonshine should be of high quality so as not to spoil the drink.

Unusual recipes for making mead on vodka

In ancient Russia, honey was boiled not with water, but with alcohol. Such a drink was notable for its unsurpassed aroma and taste, it had an optimal degree, was used for medicinal purposes. Mead was cheerful, warmed and cured. Depending on the fantasy, different components were added to it.

One of the popular recipes is mead on vodka with herbs. For her use herbs to taste, it is best to give preference to those that you know to avoid an allergic reaction. To make a drink, you need to use the following recipe:

  1. Vodka - 1 liter.
  2. Honey - 5 tablespoons.
  3. A tablespoon of oak bark and coriander.
  4. Melissa in dried form - a teaspoon.
  5. Add in a small amount of thyme, bison.

In the photo you can see what color comes out such a drink.

To make a herbal drink, you must:

  1. Honey mixed with vodka, after pouring all the previously prepared herbs. The photo shows how to prepare the sugar syrup.
  2. Close the mixture, set to infuse for 4 months.
  3. After quality filter the drink, pour into glass bottles.

The main condition that the mead turned out to be delicious, is the naturalness of vodka, it should not be different additives.

Recipe of lime mead with vodka

Linden color makes the taste of the drink soft, unusual. In order to make a drink, you will need:

  1. Honey - half a kilo.
  2. Water - 500 ml.
  3. Linden color - 30 grams.
  4. Hop - 20 grams.
  5. Vodka - 2 tablespoons.
  6. Shivers - 25 grams.

Honey is mixed with water, the temperature is not taken into account, then everything is filled with boiling water, boil over low heat for one hour. Cool the solution, put the yeast in for 4 days. Before you photo, you can familiarize yourself with the fermentation process of the drink

When the fermentation is over, you can add hops, linden flowers, insist for three days. Filter, add honey, mead should still wander for two days.

Then the drink is poured into bottles, put in a cold place, infused up to 6 months. Only then you can try. In the photo, look at how the mead is neatly poured into the tank.

The secret of high-quality and tasty mead in the choice of chalk, it must be natural, for this recipe is ideal buckwheat or lime honey.

Recipe for spicy mead on vodka

Gourmet spicy drink suitable. It can be made low alcohol or strong. The recipe requires the following components:

  1. Honey - 1 kilogram.
  2. Water - 4 liters.
  3. Vodka - 100 grams.
  4. Yeast - a tablespoon.
  5. Spices to taste cardamom, mint, cloves, violet, ginger, zest.

The photo shows what mead should be at the end.

To cook, you need to mix honey with water, boil over low heat, boil until the mixture thickens. Remove, filter the mixture, pour into a container. Then add yeast, fermentation lasts for 5 days. After vodka is added, if 100 grams is not enough for you, you can add more. Take a special bag, pour spices there, it falls into a container with other components. After a month, filter and bottle, firmly close, insist in a cold place.

Recipe for strong mead on vodka with hops

At feasts often prefer drinks stronger, this drink would be an ideal option. For its preparation will need:

  1. Hop cones to 9 pieces.
  2. Honey - 700 grams.
  3. Water - 5 liters.
  4. Yeast - two teaspoons.
  5. Cinnamon - a teaspoon.
  6. Vodka is added to the taste, depending on what kind of fortress you need.

To cook you need:

  • Boil water in an enamel saucepan.
  • Add honey to boiling water, boil on low heat for up to 10 minutes. Constantly interfere.
  • Get rid of the foam.
  • Cinnamon, hops are added, everything is thoroughly mixed.
  • Cool, add yeast.
  • The mixture is poured into the bottle.
  • When fermentation is just beginning, white foam may appear, no need to get rid of it. Mead is poured into dry jars.
  • The water seal is installed, everything must be left for one week.
  • Filter everything.
  • Add the right amount of vodka, pour into bottles, keep cold.

The photo shows the factory strong mead, it is easy to cook yourself at home.

Recipe for mead on alcohol with cardamom

It is possible to make such a drink quickly and easily by spending only 2 hours. It contains vitamins, minerals, so often used for medicinal purposes. Tincture with cardamom and honey relieves inflammation.

For cooking will need:

  1. Honey - 400 grams.
  2. Water - two liters.
  3. Grind hop cones - 10 grams.
  4. Dilute alcohol - half a liter.
  5. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger.

The water is boiled with honey over low heat for 30 minutes. After decoction you need to cool, then add hops, spices. All thoroughly mixed, put in the heat, you can set the water seal for better control of fermentation. Insist for a week.

Gently strain the drink through cheesecloth, in a dark and cold place, it should stand for one month. Alcohol is added at the end.

In the photo you can see how to get a drink with cardamom and alcohol.

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