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Honey wine is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages. The origin of the name goes back to prehistory. The word root 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 production 3,000 years ago. They used it as an intoxicating drink at ritual festivals, and because they did not understand the effect of alcohol, many myths and legends have grown up around this strange brew. They attributed the change in their senses to a secret spell, and the mead soon became a gift from the gods. Besides mead, the Romans also loved the sweet mead wine Mulsum. Today the mead experiences a rebirth. Drunk both hot and cold, it is a delicacy. 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 the production:

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