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Honey wine is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks. The origin of the name goes back to prehistory. The root of the word occurs in all Indo-European languages and is also the root word for "intoxication". In Sanskrit, "madhu" stands for a sweet and intoxicating drink, but also for honey. The Germanic tribes in particular cultivated the art of mead making 3,000 years ago. They used it as an intoxicating drink at ritual festivals, and as they did not understand the effects of alcohol, many myths and legends grew up around the strange brew. They attributed the change in their senses to a secret spell, which is why mead soon became a gift from the gods.

In addition to mead, the Romans also favoured the sweet honey wine mulsum. Today, mead is experiencing a rebirth. It is a delicious drink both hot and cold. It is made from fermented honey juice (one part honey, two to four parts water) with the addition of hops and various spices. An old recipe from 1897 describes how it is made:

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