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Mead and Chocolate Brownie

Boozy Chocolate Brownie Recipe with Wild Red Mead

By Kate Dempsey | 26 November 2020

Boozy Chocolate Brownie Recipe You probably know how well our Wild Red Mead goes with good quality chocolate, right? We decided to experiment with adding some mead into a chocolate recipe. The results were amazing! Fudgy and boozy brownies. Cut into small pieces so they last longer (theoretically!) We added walnuts from our local beekeeper’s…

Roast duck and Wild Red Mead

Roast Skeaghanore Duck and Pearl Barley Risotto with Wild Red Mead

By Kate Dempsey | 25 November 2020

We think many dishes can be improved with the addition or accompaniment of some Kinsale Mead. Luckily chef and restaurant owner, Olivier Queva agrees with us. We were delighted to collaborate with Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board and with Olivier, from Max’s one of our favourite restaurants in Kinsale. Inspired by the tales of…

Mulled Mead a warming festive Drink

Warming Mead Drink for Autumn Evenings

By Kate Dempsey | 16 October 2020

Autumn is upon us and as the sunny summer evenings mellow to cooler nights, this new chill in the air has us turning on the heating for the first time in months and cuddling up on the sofa with a cosy blanket and a glass or two of mulled mead. Here, we’ve taken a classic…

How to Make the Perfect Bees Knees Cocktail

By Kate Dempsey | 14 October 2020

We have a few tips so you can make the perfect Bees Knees Mead cocktail at home. It’s a sweet mead-gin libation that’s sure to create a buzz! What makes traditional mead so special and scrumptious is the quality of the honey. Atlantic Dry Mead uses delicious floral and citrus, pure honey from Valencia in sunny…

Hazy Pink Punch Mead Cocktail

Hazy Pink Punch Mead Cocktail Recipe

By Kate Dempsey | 1 October 2020

Pinch, punch, this first of the month Cocktail is inspired by the sweetly scented lemon groves of Sicily. Use Hazy Summer Mead and your favourite pink gin and Sicilian lemonade to mix up this zingy, fruity and gently sweetened punch. Easy-to-make and delicious to drink, this tipple will have you licking your lips with glee.…

How do you store Mead and how long does it last?

By Kate Dempsey | 12 September 2020

We are often asked how to store mead and how long it lasts unopened and also once opened. How long does my Bottle of Mead last unopened? Store the bottles similar to wine, upright in a cool place away from direct sunlight and they should keep for at least two years. How long does my…

How to Make the Perfect Wild Mead Negroni Cocktail

By Kate Dempsey | 8 September 2020

Negronis famously have a ratio of 1:1:1 so it’s beautifully balanced and easy to remember. We have a few tips so you can make the perfect Mead Negroni cocktail at home. This delicious Wild Mead Negroni was first made by the lovely inventive people at Brickyard D16 They recommend using a Modern Botanical Gin such…

Nectarines poached in Atlantic Dry Mead and cardamom

Apricots poached in Atlantic Dry Mead and Cardamom Recipe

By Kate Dempsey | 8 July 2020

This delicious, simple recipe is the perfect, easy-to-make dessert. You can substitute apricots for nectarines, peaches or pears. Last week we made it with plums. Yums! Ingredients: • 12 apricots • 200ml Kinsale Atlantic Dry Mead • 2 tablespoons of honey to taste • 4 cardamom pods, slit down the side Method: 1. Pour the…

Wild Red Mead

How to serve Wild Red Mead

By Kate Dempsey | 24 June 2020

We’re often asked how to serve our mead. Our Wild Red Mead is similar to a fruity red wine from the Gamay grape such as Beaujolais because of the carbonic maceration process we use with the fruit (getting geeky here!) gently pressing so the skins are more or less intact and the fermentation starts inside the berries.…

Bee collecting pollen from a flower

What you can do to help the Honeybees – Bee-friendly Flowers

By Kate Dempsey | 18 May 2020

Bees and other pollinators may be dying here in Ireland, but they are more resilient than you might think. They have a tendency to bounce back if you provide the right conditions for them. One simple way is to bee-friendly patch of flowers in your own pollinator garden. Irish bees love borage, hellebore, poppies, sunflowers,…

Bealtaine bonfire

Bealtaine Customs and Festivities

By Kate Dempsey | 3 May 2020

The origins of Bealtaine or Beltane are almost as old as Irish mead itself. There are many folk beliefs some of which have pagan origins. Held at the start of May at the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, the High King would call the local chieftains and their people together…

Kinsale Irish Wildflower Mead

Irish Wildflower Mead

By Kate Dempsey | 17 April 2020

Kinsale Wildflower Irish Mead (11% ABV) will transport you to the West Cork countryside with one sip. The unique aromas and flavours are from 100% Irish honey. Our honeybees roam and forage the hedgerows and blossoms, pollinating and collecting the nectar from hawthorn, wild clover and white blackberry blossom. Crafting our Irish Wildflower Mead is…