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

Fred Minnick

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Award-winning author Fred Minnick brings together home-brewing enthusiasts, craft cocktail lovers, bee activists, and beverage historians in this singular celebration of honey wine -- a beverage that is at once trendy and timeless.

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.

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