This past weekend, our family attended the wedding of a dear friend. It is on these special occasions that I am reminded of just how lucky we are to be surrounded by such amazing family and friends. It makes for such a full, rich life of which we are truly blessed.
To honor this very exceptional couple, we decided to create a “Honeymoon Basket” for them to enjoy. My contribution to the basket was a hand-made quilt. I love giving handcrafted gifts because there is so much thought that goes into the making of these items. With each clip of the scissors and each stitch of the fabric, I thought of this fabulous couple and the amazing life they were about to begin.
Now, my hubby’s contribution to the basket was much more exciting. His recent fervor for fermentation has led him to the history behind the fermented beverage of mead, and its connection to the honeymoon. So, he brewed a special batch of mead for the newlyweds, complete with an explanation of its relation to the honeymoon.
“Predating all other forms of concentrated sugars, honey, diluted to honey water, was in all probability one of the first fermented beverages ever concocted by man. With its fermentation came the alcoholic drink we know as mead.
Mead is the beverage of love. The drinking of mead has been held responsible for fertility and the birth of sons. This is where the tradition of the honeymoon got its start. If mead were consumed for one month (one moon) after a wedding, then in nine months a son would be born and the mead maker congratulated. The custom of drinking mead at weddings and for one month after initiated our present-day custom of the honeymoon.” ~Papazian, Charlie. Joy of Home Brewing