Chamomile Vanilla Mead Recipe

Combine dried flowers, raw honey and vanilla bean to brew up this after-dinner beverage that soothes the mind and body.

| May 2019

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I love this combination of chamomile and vanilla with the sweet honey of the mead. A wonderful after-dinner drink, this beverage is soothing and relaxing for both the gut and the nervous system.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1⁄3 cups (800 ml) water
  • 1 cup (25 g) dried chamomile flowers
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon (360 g) raw honey
  • 1 vanilla bean, split

Steps:

  1. Bring the water to a boil. Place the chamomile flowers in a bowl and cover with the boiling water. Once cooled completely, strain out the chamomile, add the honey, and stir to combine. Transfer to a bottle and add the vanilla bean.
  2. Stir or shake the mead vigorously 4 or 5 times daily. After a few days, you should notice a release of bubbles as you do this. This is the yeast waking up. This vigorous bubbling routine should continue, and after 7 to 10 days the bubbling will begin to die down. (This may take a lot longer in cold temperatures.)

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The fermentation process will continue for years if you allow it; however, you can drink your mead “young” once this rapid bubbling peaks and slows. Sandor Katz explains that because honey contains both glucose and fructose, it is the glucose that initiates this rapid initial fermentation, and the fructose fermentation takes place over months. Drinking it young is traditionally how people have enjoyed their mead.

Yield: 4 1/2 cups (1 liter)






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