Bust out the noisemakers and the confetti because New Year’s Eve is almost here! No matter how you ring in the new year, chances are you’ll want a festive drink in hand. And, while most people think mead is only for drinking on its own, there are actually so many mead varietals that lend themselves perfectly to exciting and dynamic cocktails. That’s why we will be bringing you mead cocktail recipes throughout the week in a series called “Mead You at Midnight.”
As an added bonus: Stop in to Mead Market this week to pick up mead for your New Year’s celebration and enter into a raffle to win a free 32 oz. Mead Market growler!
Blackberry Mead-Fashioned Cocktail
- 3 blackberries
- 2 tbsp. honey syrup (equal parts honey and water, dissolved in a saucepan over low heat, for no more than 1 minute)
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 orange peel
- 1.5 ounces mead
- 1 ounce bourbon
- Splash of water
Mead Suggestions: Charm City Sweet Blossom, Sky River Sweet Brochet, or Vikingernes Mjod.
Instructions: Muddle together blackberries, honey syrup, bitters, and orange peel at the bottom of a glass. Add one large ice cube, then the mead and bourbon. Stir and serve!
An old fashioned is a strong drink typically garnished with an orange peel for its acidity. We love using Charm City’s Sweet Blossom mead to add similar citrus notes, or Sky River’s Sweet Brochet mead for notes of caramelized honey to pair with the bourbon. Alternatively, you can skip the bourbon altogether by using Vikingernes Mjod, a Danish mead that is strong enough to carry the whole cocktail on its own.
- 1 ounce gin
- 1.5 ounces mead
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- ½ ounce Gran Gala Liqueur
Mead Suggestions: Die Hochland Imker Lindenbluten Met, San Francisco Orange Blossom, or HoneyMaker Dry Reserve
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously, until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty. Strain into a glass and serve.
It may not surprise you that for this cocktail, we chose some of the more tart meads we offer. The Die Hochland Imker Lindenbluten Met is an Austrian mead featuring lime blossom honey, which beautifully complements the sour lemon juice in the cocktail. HoneyMaker’s Dry Reserve is slightly tart and its dryness makes for a complex cocktail. San Francisco’s Orange Blossom mead makes the least sour cocktail of the three.
- 1 sugar cube
- Sparkling mead
- Dash of Angostura bitters
- Lemon garnish
Mead Suggestions: Heidrun Arizona Desert Mesquite, Heidrun Point Reyes Wildflower, or Oregon Mead and Cider Company Oregon High Desert Queen
Instructions: Place sugar cube in the bottom of your glass and sprinkle with bitters. Top with sparkling mead and serve with a lemon garnish.
A sparkling champagne-style mead is an easy substitute for this simple cocktail. Make it more traditional with Heidrun’s Point Reyes Wildflower mead, or go for a fun smoky twist with Heidrun’s Arizona Desert Mesquite varietal. High Desert Blossom from Oregon Mead and Cider Company boasts a higher alcohol content and the flavor profile is uniquely complex with an earthy body and subtle notes of aperol.