It is a traditional alcoholic beverage, which has a sweet taste. The alcoholic percentage of this beverage ranges between 8-18 percent and is prepared by the alcoholic fermentation of diluted honey along with yeast. Also known as Mead, it is believed to be the oldest consumed alcohol by humans. As the name suggests it uses honey as a key ingredient and according to some experts, it is good for the human body. Interestingly, you can easily make this wine at home. Scroll below to know more about the wine and its recipe. (Image: istock)

02/4​History of Honey Wine

If we go by food historians, honey wine came into existence over 8000 years ago. It is believed that it was first created on the island of Crete. Another set of experts claim that it was first founded in China in the 7th millennium BCE. You will be surprised to know that honey wine was also mentioned in the Sanskrit Rig Veda. (Image: istock)

03/4​How to make it at home

To make this beverage at home, you need 2 litres of water, 500 gms honey, 5 gms mead yeast, and 100 gms raisins. All you need to do is, warm the water and add honey to it. Mix well. Now, add yeast and raisins to it. Pour it in a glass jar and lock the lid tightly. Allow it to ferment for 14-30 days, depending upon the climate and temperature. Once you see tiny bubbles in the jar, it’s a sign that the first fermentation is completed. Transfer the mixture into another jar and keep it a dark place for another 60 days. Your homemade honey wine will be ready after 60 days. (Image: istock)

04/4​Benefits of Honey Wine

Keeping the key ingredient (honey) in view, experts feel that this beverage is good for the human body. The anti-inflammatory properties of honey make it good for those who have itchy skin. Also, it is believed that the antimicrobial properties of honey make it good for those with a respiratory infection.