Honey Met: Honey-flavored with intoxicating effect
The word “Met” colloquially means “sweet drink”. The consumption and the production of honey wine is one of the oldest north- and central European cultural characteristics. Met is produced by honey, water and herbal extract. By adding wine yeast the fermentation begins, with this the honey turns to alcohol. Met tastes sweet and slightly tart. The nuances of honey and herbs are an unmistakable taste. Because of the alcohol Met has an intoxicating effect. The use of honey is the reason why the Met has an individual taste. When the honey is more sweet and mild, the Met will also be sweeter and milder. Besides the already mentioned basic ingredients, other additives can be also used for the preparation of Met, for example fruit juices and spices. But the most important ingredient is the honey because it is the crucial factor for the taste. The time is unknown in which people started to drink Met. The discovery of Met is simply a product of hap. It is possible that a vessel of honey water started to ferment by itself which taste good. So that the people repeated this simply process long before the production of beer and wine. The origin of the name “Met” is from the Indo- European language and means actually something like “intoxication”. Met became popular in Rom and was on each dinner table. Charlemagne didn’t want to miss Met for dinner and commanded it for each one. Because of the alcohol the people who drank Met got a loose tongue. It is said that the Vikings named the drink “Scandal Met”. Also they said that everyone who enjoyed it got the gift of poetry. Even today Met is popular at some annual events in Germany. Met is particularly recommended for special meals like fungi or raclette.