A drink made from honey, mead was once the commonest alcoholic drink in Britain. However, in the fourteenth cen-tury, it was superseded by ale, beer and imported wine.

Mead is now enjoying a come-back and is made commercially according to ancient recipes. In Cornwall nine different types of mead are now made.

Mead with the addition of spices, herbs and flavourings such as cloves, ginger, rosemary and lemon rind is usually known as metheglin (meth-igg-lwn), or simply spiced mead.