Though you might not enjoy the company of a nearby buzzing bee, you have to give them credit for creating one pretty sweet substance. Honey is a rich golden liquid often used as an all-natural sweetener. Whether it’s being added to a cup of tea or used for its natural healing properties, honey is very versatile.
What better ingredient to incorporate in a refreshing batch of homemade cider? It’s delicious, healthy, and will be sure to get you buzzed! (pun intended) Mead is the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage known to man, and it requires three simple ingredients. Honey, water, and yeast. Though this recipe is pretty straightforward, there is one very important step - choosing your honey!
Honey is made by colonies of bees collecting nectar from an abundant selection of flower blossoms. In the United States alone, there are over 300 varieties of honey, and they are not all created equal.
The type of honey that you choose for your cider will play a huge role in the taste, smell, and color of your finished product. The quality of what you purchase is also equally as important and will make all the difference.
Avoid using filtered or pasteurized honey, and instead, go for a product that’s labeled “raw” or “unrefined” with only one ingredient. You can find this type of honey at a natural food store, local farmer’s market, or online. Quality honey is more expensive, but the less processed it is, the more flavor you will get from your cider.
Here are just a few types that you can choose from:
Clover - gentle, basic flavor with a light floral aroma
Orange Blossom - light and delicious, mellow flavors with a slight floral-citrus aroma and hint of citric acidity
Raspberry - light and silky with a slightly fruity taste
Once you’ve selected your ingredients, you can get started! Use the Alchema app to follow along with quick and effortless step-by-step instructions. The app will do all of the measurings for you and will tell you exactly how much of each ingredient you’ve added as you go. The fermentation time for this recipe is three days, so your delicious cider will be ready for you in just a week. Once prepared, this Mead cider is sure to make your taste buds happy.
You’ll first notice its soft, golden appearance and gentle, flowery aroma. The mild, honey sweetness has low acidity and tartness which creates a very light and refreshing beverage. The fresh and inviting flavor of this cider makes it pleasant to enjoy by itself or alongside almost any dish. It pairs exceptionally well with tangy barbecue, or even a nice cheese or fruit platter.
Enjoy this cider cold, with an orange peel twist. Give the garnish a light squeeze to extract some citrus oil and try rubbing the peel onto the rim of your glass for extra flavor. The balance of citrus and sweetness from the honey will be a pleasant combination.