Looking for a buzz? Mead, or honey wine, is one of the oldest types of alcohol known to man, and it's still as tasty as ever. You can find mead at most wine shops, but if you really want to impress your friends, try brewing a few bottles yourself.
The beauty of mead brewing is its simplicity; all you really need is some honey, unchlorinated water, wine yeast and a fermentation bucket. If this is your first flirtation with mead, you'll probably want to start with a smaller batch of about a gallon (3.8 liters). First-timers can find some great tutorials online. And remember: as with beer brewing, sanitation is key. Everything you use -- buckets, tubes, bottles -- must be sterilized.
So how does mead taste, anyway? It tastes like, well, honey-flavored wine. The flavor can be as variable as any beer or wine, depending on how it's made. For example, to give it a different flavor complexion, you can add some spices, like cinnamon or nutmeg. And if you're feeling a little more ambitious, you can try making sparkling mead.