Slightly later than planned, due to my insistence on sticking to my budget this year, I've put on my Christmas mead. I'm still working on a cunning name for it, so watch this space, or make a suggestion.
This time round it's an Orange Melomel/Metheglin, perfect for mulling at Christmas. Suposably, this was traditionally done my heating it with a hot poker - more on that one coming at Christmas...
I needed a quick brew again, as I could only start it 2 months before everyone leaves for Christmas, so I dropped out some of the honey. However, I got carried away with the oranges, so the sugar content might still be quite high.
The recipe (for want of a better term) was:
- 5 jars of honey
- A bag of Sainsbury's Basics oranges, cut into 6 to fit through the opening of the demijohn
- A few cinnamon sticks
- Some ground cinnamon
- A tonne of nutmeg (or thereabouts)
- A generous shake of yeast (some people claim brewing is a science, but me results say different)
If I didn't mention it elsewhere, Freja's Folley had a proper "homebrew" taste to it, kicking you in the throat like a horse. It generally gone down pretty well with those who've drunk it though...