15 Easy Mead Recipes for Beginners (2024)

Homemade mead (honey wine) is probably one of my favorite fermented beverages to make. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to produce your own tasty homebrew. I put together this awesome list of easy mead recipes so that you can have access to all of them in one place!

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Mead Making for Beginners Ebook

If you want to learn more about making mead, I have a Simple Mead Making for Beginners eBook just for you!

It has ingredient and equipment checklists and detailed instructions for brewing and bottling your mead. Be sure to check it out if you’re new to the mead making process and want a more detailed guide!

Getting Started with Mead Making

Before you begin making mead you will need to get some special ingredients and equipment. Don’t worry, nothing is too expensive and the equipment can be reused to make more mead later on!

I also want to talk about mead terminology. Technically mead is just honey, water, and yeast.

When fruit is added it is called a melomel, which is what many of the following recipes are. I still like to call them mead to keep it simple, though.

Likewise, mead made with herbs, spices, and flowers is called metheglin, and mead made with maple syrup is an acerglyn.

You can also make cyser, which is mead made with apple cider instead of water. So many choices!

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15 Easy Mead Recipes for Beginners

Simple Mead Recipe (one gallon)

I’m starting with this one because it is the most basic one gallon of mead recipe that I have and it explains all of the steps in detail.

If you are new to making mead I would read this recipe first as it is the basis for most of the other recipes here.

Simple One Gallon Mead Recipe

This is a simple mead recipe that is very easy to put together. Learn how to make mead using this beginner's recipe!

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Simple Mead Recipe (five gallons)

If you want to make five gallons of mead, then this is the recipe to follow.

The basics are the same as the one gallon recipe, but it is scaled for five gallons and is brewed in a fermenting bucket rather than a one gallon jug.

Bottling five gallons of mead is a bit different than one gallon, so I have instructions on how to do that as well.

Five Gallon Mead Recipe

I've shown you how to make one gallon of mead, now it's time to up your game! Here's how to make 5 gallons of mead. Delicious honey wine!

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Strawberry Mead

Similar to blackberry mead, this strawberry mead is also super yummy!

I like making it in the springtime when strawberries are abundant. It would be extra delicious with the addition of some fresh mint leaves!

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Strawberry Mead

The best way to start is on a small scale, and a gallon batch of mead is the perfect size for beginners. This mead recipe features fresh strawberries, but you can easily substitute your favorite fresh fruit.

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Blackberry Mead

Blackberry mead is one of my most favorite mead recipes.

It’s a simple and delicious way to use up all of your foraged blackberries!

Blackberry Mead

Make this simple and tasty blackberry mead recipe when blackberries are in season!

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Elderberry Mead

I use a bit of a different process than normal to make this elderberry mead, but it still has an excellent result!

I love how it turns a dark purple color and is reminiscent of a dry red wine. It’s perfect to make in the fall with all of your foraged elderberries!

Elderberry Mead

Mead, or fermented honey wine, is a delicious ancient fermented beverage and it's so easy to make! This elderberry mead, made with foraged berries, is a wonderful version of classic mead and perfect for the holidays.

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Lilac Mead

This lilac mead is perfect to make in springtime when lilacs are in season!

It’s a delicious floral treat that you will love.

Lilac Mead

Lilac flowers are beautiful and edible, but they don't last long! I like to try to preserve that lilac flavor to enjoy throughout the year. This lilac mead recipe is a delicious way to do that!

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Vanilla Bean and Chamomile Mead

Oh my, I love anything made with chamomile, and this vanilla bean and chamomile mead from Pixie’s Pocket sounds extra wonderful!

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Vanilla Bean & Chamomile Mead

This mead is so, so very good. This combination is one of my favorites! The flavor is rich with the notes of vanilla, the chamomile flowers add a bit of fruity bitterness all their own, and they lend this mead a strong body. This is a mead that is at it’s best on the sweet end of the spectrum.

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Dandelion Mead

This dandelion mead recipe is a favorite of mine in the springtime when dandelions are everywhere! Just be sure that you are foraging in areas that aren’t sprayed.

This is a delicate tasting mead that lets the sunshine flavor of the dandelion petals come through!

Dandelion Mead

This is a delicious mead made with foraged dandelion petals.

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Hawthorn and Rose Hip Mead

I’ve heard that rose hips are a great addition to mead, and hawthorn berries have multiple health benefits.

This hawthorn and rose hip mead would be perfect to make in the fall to drink later in the winter!

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Spiced Hawthorn & Rose Hip Mead

A beverage for a joyful heart! Spiced hawthorn and rose hip mead marries herbal medicine with fermented libation.

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Maple Mead

This maple mead recipe (acerglyn) is awesome because it replaces part of the honey with pure maple syrup.

It is great to make in the wintertime for drinking in spring!

Maple Mead with Orange and Spices

Maple mead, also called acerglyn, is made by replacing some of the honey with pure maple syrup. Here is a one gallon maple mead recipe fermented with orange and spices!

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Elderflower Sparkling Mead

This elderflower sparkling mead is perfect to make in the summertime when elderflowers are abundant.

It is a sparkling mead that uses less honey so therefore has a slightly lower alcohol content than most of my other mead recipes.

Sparkling Elderflower Mead Recipe

Go foraging for elderflowers, and then make this sparkling mead recipe! This easy homemade sparkling elderflower mead recipe is low alcohol, delicately flavored, and the perfect foraged drink for a hot summer day!

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Wildflower Mead

Along the same lines as the dandelion or elderflower mead is this amazing wildflower mead!

It uses a mixture of dandelion petals, lavender blossoms, and yarrow flowers. I was afraid that the yarrow would make it bitter, but it actually turned out wonderful!

Wildflower Mead

Have you made a gallon of mead yet? Here is a great recipe for how to make wildflower mead. Wildflowers are in season, so now is the perfect time!

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Wild Rose Petal Mead

Now this wild rose petal mead sounds right up my alley!

I have never brewed mead with rose petals (yet) but it is definitely something that I need to try. I’m sure it’s amazing!

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Rose Herbal Mead

This year I wanted to try something new with our wild roses and mead seemed like a lovely endeavor.

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Cyser (mead made with apple cider)

I would love to made a spiced cyser someday as it sounds so delicious and festive!

Make it in the fall with freshly pressed apple juice and you won’t regret it!

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Spiced Cyser Apple Mead

Wassail started as a simple cyser—mead with roasted apples added to the simmering pot. Over the years, spices were added and the base evolved to include wine, beer, and spirits. These various beverages all took on the moniker of mulled and are usually served warmed. When autumnal vibes and sweater weather set in, I yearn for a warmed glass of this spiced cyser, but it’s also delectable cold. Be sure to save a few bottles to enjoy year-round!

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Rhubarb Mead

This recipe for rhubarb mead sounds lovely, and it’s a little different because it’s made in a small batch using only a quart sized jar!

This is perfect for the absolute beginner who wants to start small.

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Rhubarb Mead

Rhubarb has a sweet-tart flavor that comes through beautifully in homemade rhubarb mead. Though it’s technically a vegetable, the stalks contain both sugar and acid, which gives them a fruit-like flavor. That acidic sweetness makes them a good candidate for brewing.

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Well there you have it, 15 awesome mead recipes for beginners that you can make today!

Happy mead making!

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How to make mead basics? ›

Mix honey and water together in a container of choice, whether that be bucket or demijohn. Add mead yeast and some sort of additional nutrition to the honey water mixture. The added nutrition might be fruit, such as raisins. Fit the airlock to your vessel and wait.

What is the fastest you can make mead? ›

After two to three weeks the major portion of the ferment will be done and the balloon will be limp. At this point you can taste a little bit to see how it is coming along but it isn't really a tasty wine at this point. It will need another couple of months to start to get delicious.

How much honey for 15% mead? ›

To make a dry 5% ABV mead, the BatchBuildr predicts you will need 0.98 lbs honey, and recommends a 1.034 SG to start. For the 10% ABV dry mead batch, you'll actually need 2.02 pounds of honey and should have an SG of 1.071. For the 15% dry mead, you'll need 3.13 pounds of honey and an original gravity of 1.110.

How long does 1 gallon of mead take to ferment? ›

The fermenting process depends on various factors, like temperature, the amount of honey, the type of yeast, and the presence of additives and nutrients. Depending on how active the yeast is, it will take around 2 to 6 weeks.

How long should I let my mead ferment? ›

Keep fermentation temps up to around 70° or 75° F. Fermentation should last between 10 to 20 days. Rack into a conditioning vessel and bulk age for 3 to 6 months. Bottle, then enjoy now and again to see how it's progressing.

How long does homemade mead need to age? ›

Smoothing out, over time, to make a mellow, less dry experience, letting the latent sweetness emerge. If you want to create an experience for yourself or your friends, we suggest storing a few bottles of mead, out of the sun at room temperature, for 6 months to a year.

Why does no one drink mead anymore? ›

Why did it fall out of favor? There were some new tax laws, as well as an increased availability of West Indian sugar in the 17th century that made honey harder and less necessary to obtain. But it was also the rise of other alcohols—namely beer and wine—that really did it in.

How long until mead is drinkable? ›

Also, while most homebrew beers are quite acceptably tasty almost immediately after the primary fermentation, mead takes much, much longer — 6 months to a year — to mature to a flavor that mead brewers and aficionados find acceptable and might be aged for even longer by serious mead homebrewers.

How long does it take for mead to become alcoholic? ›

It may be quicker to buy beer or wine in a store, they say, but making a batch from scratch has its own rewards. Mead takes at least six months to ferment, longer for a smoother, mellower taste.

Should I boil my honey for mead? ›

(Some recipes call for boiling the honey, which makes for a cleaner, quicker ferment. However, many of the aromatic oils that are characteristic of the different flower honeys are boiled off as well in this process. Either method will make you mead.)

What happens if I add too much honey to mead? ›

If you put in a bunch of honey and you get enough yeast (the right kind of yeast where it ferments all the way out) then you'll have a really dry, high alcohol champagne-like mead. You can use less honey to make a lower alcohol mead. Using less honey might make it a little bit more dry, though not necessarily.

What happens if you add too much yeast to mead? ›

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In general, more yeast is actually better, at least at first. But you can, if you severely over-pitch, end up dosing your must with so many ravenously hungry yeast cells that they over compete for the sugar and nutrients, resulting in stressed yeast and resulting production of off flavors.

How long to leave strawberries in mead? ›

So I went ahead and racked the mead off the seeds/sediment a week after I pulled the fruit out. I usually leave my meads on the fruit for 10 - 14 days. I haven't seen any advantage to longer contact time. Know going in that you will need a lot of strawberries to get a substantial amount of flavor.

How long do I leave fruit in mead? ›

Remove the fruit bag between 7–14 days or when you notice that it is beginning to blanch (turn white). After 2–3 weeks most of the fermentation will be over. At this point, transfer to a secondary to separate the mead from the sediment.

What kind of honey is best for mead? ›

Raw Honey. Raw honey is an excellent choice for making mead, because it's totally unpasteurized, which means the honey has not been heated in any way. This allows the delicate flavor to remain intact, because it hasn't been destroyed by any kind of heating process.

What is the ratio of honey to mead? ›

For a dry mead, the ratio is 4 parts water to 1 part honey; a sweet mead is 2 to 1.

How alcoholic is homemade mead? ›

And like wine, mead is also left to age comparatively longer than beer – an average of 2 to 3 years. Another difference between beer, wine, and mead is alcohol content. Meads range between 6 and 20 percent ABV, depending on the fermentation; whereas wine and beer typically come in at a much lower ABV.

Is mead harder to make than wine? ›

Wine and beer are easier to make than mead, even though the ingredients to make mead are easier to obtain.

Do you mix mead or drink it straight? ›

However you want to enjoy your mead is up to you – you could mix your mead in a co*cktail, by just pouring some into a glass and drinking it normally or even straight out the bottle – the choice is entirely yours (although the latter might be frowned upon!)


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