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A drink made from honey and water, that has been fermented with yeast. The drink has been known for thousands of years, being called madhu in Sanskrit, myit in Chinese and medhu by the Slavs.
It was enjoyed by the Romans, while in Britain it was considered the Saxon "warriors drink", and continued to be more readily available than wine until well after the Norman Conquest. By the 18th century this warriors drink was no more than a light refreshment offered to ladies who made morning calls.
The name honeymoon derives from the tradition of the newly married couple drinking a glass of mead every day for one lunar month, to make their marriages happy and fruitful. See 'Metheglin'