Midsummer Ritual Mead is a lovely drink to serve at Litha – the Summer Solstice. You also may enjoy offering it during Esbats and during your Cakes and Ale Ceremonies.
Embrace the tradition by using fresh rainwater that has been blessed by a priest or priestess! The final product will be delicate, sweet, complex and tasty.
You Will Need:
3 gallons water (filtered, non-chlorinated)
3 pounds raw, local honey
3 handfuls of herbs such as meadowsweet, lemon balm, woodruff and heather flowers (two to three cups total)
3 whole cloves
1 stick cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup barley malt
1 ounce brewer’s yeast
Your cauldron or a large pot (non-aluminum)
A jug larger than 3 gallons
1 large orange, washed well and cut into eights, rind and all
1 small handful of raisins (about 25)
Pour the water into a large cauldron or pot.
Bring to a boil and add the herbs, cinnamon and cloves.
Simmer gently for one hour to infuse the flavor of the herbs into the water.
Skim off any foam that forms on top.
Add the honey, brown sugar and barley malt.
Stir thirteen times in a deosil (clockwise in the northern hemisphere, counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere) direction and then remove from heat.
Strain through a cheesecloth and allow the mead to cool to room temperature (80 degrees F or less).
Stir in the brewer’s yeast – agitate it well to oxygenate the yeast.
Cover with a clean towel and allow it to stand for at least one full day and one full night without being disturbed.
Strain again, bottle in a clean jug and chill until ready to serve.
Now, this is an “easy” recipe that doesn’t call for the use of an airlock or any chemicals. It usually turns out well. However, without an airlock, which allows gasses to escape without allowing air to enter the container, messy little explosions have been known to occur.
Serve the ritual mead with an incantation or prayer of gratitude. You may also want to keep your intent strong to connect with the earth energies as you make the ritual mead.
Sources: The Wicca Spellbook, The Domestic Witch, Mother Earth News and Cookbook of Shadows