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  • Nectar of the Gods: Making Your Own Mead in 5 Easy Steps

    In Principio: Before Wine, There Was Mead
    Honey for Mead

    Mead is thought to be one of, if not the oldest alcoholic beverage on earth. It was most likely discovered by accident, when thirsty hunter-gatherers happened upon an upturned beehive filled with rainwater. They drank the sweet water and experienced the first intoxication. Thus, the quest to recreate that glorious feeling began, and early humans began seeking out the secrets of fermentation.

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  • Pumpkin Wine Recipe

    East Pumpkin Wine Recipe

    I am so ready for fall. Every year, when September 1st rolls around, I’m done with summer. I’m over it. I can pretend to be a beach goer, I can tolerate skimpy shorts and tank tops, I can even flirt with barbeques, but really, my soul belongs to fall. It’s a lot like a summer fling, really. We had our fun, but my heart belongs to another.

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  • Peach Wine Recipe

    Easy Peach Wine Recipe

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  • Hard Apple Cider Recipe

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    Apple Cider: A Brief History

    Hard apple cider is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages on the planet. The first written history of cider begins with Julius Caesar himself in 55 B.C. It was recorded to be one of his favorite drinks. However, apple cider did not gain serious popularity until the 1600s, when William Blackstone came to the Americas and planted the first apple orchards (English settlers were disappointed to find only crabapples upon arrival). It continued to be a staple beverage with early colonial Americans until it exploded in popularity in the 1800s. The Industrial Revolution saw many fresh water sources became contaminated, and for a time, hard apple cider became safer to drink than water. Then by the early 1900s, cider all but disappeared as prohibition picked up speed in the United States. Cider was nearly forgotten in the United States until the 18th amendment was repealed, and did not come back into popularity until the early 1980s.

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