It is thought that the discovery of alcohol dates from the Neolithic and as often it was the result of chance: food products had to ferment and thus produce alcohol ... We can produce alcoholic beverages by fermentation maceration, distillation, ...
The first traces of drinks containing alcohol concern beer ... in Mesopotamia!
The mead (which we offer on our website the modern version) will date from 7000 BC in China! The first written record dates from the Greeks (Aristotle) in 350 BC.
The Greeks then the Romans and finally the Gauls made it a common drink and even made the drink of the gods ... It knew its peak in the Middle Ages, before being supplanted, around the thirteenth century, by the Moretums (wine with the addition of red fruit juice) then Hypocras (wine with honey and spices, freshly discovered).
Note also a different version of the mead, very popular in Britain: the chouchen obtained by fermentation of honey this time in fresh apple juice.
A wine with honey and spices ...
You will appreciate our Hypocras, white or red as an aperitif, very fresh or as a drink accompanying a dessert.
One of the oldest known alcoholic drinks
With water, honey and yeast ... everything "simply" (fermentation requires great expertise).
A liqueur wine also called "mistel"
Traditionally Cartagena is made by Languedoc winegrowers
In the Middle Ages, winemaking was not as well mastered as today, the fruits and plants were used to soften the wine or were used for their "medicinal" virtues.
Specialist drinks according to recipes from the middle ages.
Hydromel et Hypocras offers a selection of the best wines of yesteryear. Discover our Mead made from honey and water, our Hypocras based wine, red or white, honey and spices and our fruit wines (Coulindrum and Moretum). Finally enjoy a liqueur wine too absent: Cartagena.