Since I’ve been on a Roman kick for a bit and have a few more recipes to post, I’m going to do a little some thing different today. Most of the recipes I post are about food. Today’s is a Roman type of wine. Now Romans liked their wine the way Westerners like their beers so to say they brewed or made their wines a little unusually is an understatement. Luckily this is a 3 minute Roman treat. Nothing to intricate! Like most things Roman, anything goes including what they did to their wines.
White Wine with Honey
Pliney and Columella disagreed on what types of wine should be mixed with honey. Columella preferred adding honey during the process while Pliny thought only dry wine should mixed with honey as ‘sweet wine does not mix well with honey’ (Plin. N.H. XXII-24-53) (Giacosa/Faas, pp. 117-120)
Bottle dry white wine
½ C honey
This recipe was fairly straight forward.
I tried making this with red wine; however the honey taste was lost in the full flavor of the red wine (merlot) used. It just wasn’t as good. Now a sweet red might work better but I’m fairly happy with the white.
This taste rather like a modern day mead, with a slight chemical taste, from the modern wine and very nice sweet honey taste.