Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting water with raw honey and yeast. At times, fruits, spices, or grains may be added to a second fermentation. Today there are over 42 variants of Meads from over 18 different countries. From very sweet, semi-sweet, dry, and fortified, and the alcohol content ranges from about 8% alc./vol. to more than 20% alc./vol.
Also known as honey wine, Mead has a vast history from many lands and civilizations, since the honey bee can be found in China, Africa, Europe, or North America. Because honey was a universal source of sugar for a long time, mead honey wine was almost everywhere.
Mead is the first/oldest alcoholic beverage and the first to obtain widespread popularity. Also known as Nectar of the Gods, Mead really has been around for millennia.