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Runny “mead”

To celebrate the anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, we’ll be serving mead cocktails from our location in the heart of Magna Carta Country.

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Mead, an ancient drink of fermented honey and water was made as far back as 7,000 BC. It was drunk everywhere from Ancient China to Ancient Greece, and by everyone from the Romans to Aristotle and Shakespeare. As wine and beer making came into being, mead became a largely forgotten drink, except perhaps at the occasional medieval re-enactment.

However, this has changed in recent years. In fact, the American Mead Makers Association found that sales of mead increased by 84% between 2012 and 2014. UK supermarkets have seen sales of mead rise steadily year-on-year while English Heritage now sells a bottle of mead every ten minutes at its historic sites across the UK.

Some say the mead available nowadays is an offshoot of the craft beer movement, with many mead producers sourcing original ingredients to produce small batches.

We’re celebrating the world of mead with two very special mead cocktails. Our partner is Gosnells of London – the only mead producer in London. This mead is produced with orange blossom honey from Spain that has a distinctive floral taste. We have created two delicious mead cocktails to celebrate this taste.

KING JOHN’S DARK AND STORMY   

50ml dark rum
25ml fresh lime juice, plus a wedge to serve
2 dashes of Angostura bitter
5ml honey syrup (optional)
Muddled ginger
Topped up with Gosnells mead

Instructions

  1. Gently muddle the ginger with the rum, lime juice and honey syrup
  2. Add bitters and shake
  3. Double strain and pour over crushed ice
  4. Top with Gosnells mead
  5. Add garnish

RUNNY‘MEAD’ MARTINI 

25ml Gordon’s gin
25ml fresh lemon juice
10ml honey syrup
40-50ml Gosnells mead

Instructions

  1. Shake the gin, lemon juice and honey syrup together with ice
  2. Pour into a chilled Martini glass
  3. Top with Gosnells mead
  4. Add garnish

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