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The Comprehensive guide to types of Mead

There are quite a few different types of meads and these are named depending on how you make them and what you add to them. Typically, if you add a fruit to the mead then you are making something called a Melomel. The name Melomel applies to any mead made with fruit.


Here are some of the more common types of mead:


  • Acerglyn - Mead made with maple syrup
  • Black Mead - Made with Black Currants
  • Bochet - refers to a mead that was made with the honey caramelized or burned before it is added to the water. Creates several different flavors including toffee, chocolate or marshamallow.
  • Braggot (or Bracket) Mead made with malted grain (usually barley). It can also be made by mixing mead and beer or fermenting beer with added honey.
  • Hydromel: This is the term for a weak or watered down mead - 3.5% to 7.5% alcohol
  • Capsicumel - Flavored with chili pepper
  • Cyser - A mead made with apples or apple juice
  • Great Mead: Kind of like the opposite of a Short Mead. This mead is designed to be bottled and aged for several years.
  • Hippocras: A pyment to which spices have been added
  • Metheglin: A mead made with added spices - often considered to have medicinal traits. Some common spices are cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves
  • Melomel: Mead made with fruit added (I have a nice tutorial on making a cherry melomel here)
  • Morat: A Melomel made from Mulberries
  • Mulled Mead - This refers to a mead that is heated before drinking. Typically it has spices for flavoring.
  • Omphacomel: mead made with verjuice which is the juice of unripened grapes. This is often considered to be a type of pyment.
  • Oxymel - Made with wine vinegar
  • Pyment: This is mead made with grape or grape juice added. This is also the term for a grape wine that has honey added to it.
  • Rhodomel : An ancient Roman term for a mead made with rose petals
  • Sack Mead: A mead with a very high honey content. It has a high density and is often sweeter than typical meads. This can be thought of as a dessert wine of meads. 14% ti 18% alcohol
  • Show Mead: This is a term that has come to define a plain mead with no spices or fruits added.
  • Short Mead : (Also referred to as a quick mead) this is a mead that is made in a fashion so it matures quickly. Short meads are often very similar to ales.
  • Sparkling Mead: A carbonated mead much like a sparkling wine. This is usually achieved by adding a small amount of honey or sugar just before bottling. This causes a small secondary ferment while in the bottle that will elevate the pressure and sweetness. Want to make a sparkling mead? I have a tutorial for it right here: How to Make a Sparkling Mead


Meads around the world:

  • Tej - Ethiopian mead
  • Acan - Native Mexican Mead
  • Acerglyn - Made with Maple syrup
  • Gverc - Croatian variety of mead
  • Dwojniak - Polish mead using equal amounts of honey and water
  • Poltorak - Polish mead made with two parts water and one part honey
  • Czworniak - Polish mead made with three parts water and one part honey
  • Sima - A finnish mead seasoned with lemon (I have more about it here)
  • Pitarilla - Mayan mead made with the bark of the balche tree
  • Medica - Slovenian and Croation mead
  • Dandaghare - Nepalese mead made with Himilayan herbs and spices.
  • Medovina - Eastern European mead , Czech republic, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Bosnia
  • Medovukha - Eastern Slavic mead
  • iQhilika - South African
  • mjød - This is the Danish Word for Mead ( I have more about it here)

Faux Meads or Mead-like Drinks:

  • Mulsum - A drink made from fermented wine that has had honey freshly added to it. This is an ancient Roman drink.
  • Conditum - another Roman recipe that mixes wine with honey and added spices. Conditum, is aged rather than being served immediately.

Names for Mead over the Centuries:

  • Med - Slavic
  • Midus - Baltic
  • Medd - Welsh
  • Mid - Old Irish
  • Madhu - Sanskrit
  • Nectar: Greek term possibly meaning mead
  • Ambrosia: Also possibly an ancient name for mead


Types and Names of meads based on the strength of the alcohol.Arranged from lightest to heaviest:

  • Hydromel - 3.5% to 7.5% alcohol
  • Session Mead - Light mead, light alchol Four or five parts water to one part honey - Under 10% alcohol
  • Standard Mead - 7.5% to 14% alcohol
  • Sack Mead (Also known as Great Mead) 14% to 18% alcohol
  • Dessert Honey Wines - They vary a lot and typically are very sweet and over 14% alcohol. They can go up as high as 22% alcohol.
  • Fortified Mead - also known as Honey Liquers can go as high as 60%




I found a whole bunch of wonderful drinking goblets on amazon. I have a page with them right here. Just a couple of years ago you couldn't get a goblet, or mead! It is great to see both are becoming very popular. Mead Goblets


Bottles of Metheglin

Make a peach or pineapple fruit mead

If you have always wanted to make a fruit mead (melomel) you might want to check this tutorial out. I take you through the whole process from start to finish including bottling. Make a Peach or Pineapple Melomel