The main source for historical mead recipes has long been the 1669 The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digbie Kt. Opened, containing over 100 named recipes for mead and many more variants. On the whole the ingredients and methods in most of these recipes are notably 17th century.

I chose to view Digby as an end chronologically and generally focus on earlier material. Almost all my recipes are demonstrably at least 350 years old. My database currently identifies over 300 distinct recipes published/written before 1669, many of which contain multiple options providing variant brews.

The recipes in this section focus on these earlier recipes.

Last modified June 19, 2018.