Top 10 Shakespearean drinks


Mead-1-Metheglin was a spiced mead, with its origins in Wales. Fermented from honey, with the addition of cloves and herbs, it was used as a tonic and largely confined to the wealthier members of society.

It’s only mentioned twice in Shakespeare, once in Love’s Labours Lost, and once in The Merry Wives of Windsor as being drunk by our dependable guide to drinking, Falstaff. He is accused of being “given to fornications and to taverns and sack and metheglins”.

Metheglin does not appear to be in commercial production any more, despite a resurgence in interest in mead, but marketeers may insist on a name change. To the modern ear it sounds rather more chemical than natural.

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