On Monday, when I realized it was Summer Solstice, I began to consider how to celebrate. And of course, what greater libation for celebrating the earths passage into summer than a glass or two of mead? The only remaining question was which mead to drink.
Over the last couple years as I planned for starting Bos Meadery, I have brewed approximately 40 different styles and flavors of mead in my quest to find the best recipes for a commercial meadery. But for a midsummer celebration with pagan overtones, my choice was clear. I cracked a 2009 Mugwort Mead.
In the Middle Ages, mugwort was used like hops to flavor beer, so a year or so ago I had conceived of making a mead flavored with mugwort to see what it had to offer. Mugwort also has a history in herbal medicine and medieval witchcraft. In the latter case, it was used to promote lucid dreaming and astral projections. If there is any truth to it, it seemed like a lovely pairing with the notably happy intoxication that mead provides.
I suspect Mugwort Mead may never become a commercial product, but the mead itself is light, floral and perfect for a hot summer night. I dreamt well that night.