Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water. Commonly referred to as “honey-wine” there are several variations which include fruits, spices, grains, and hops. The alcoholic content of mead (ABV) is often between 8% and 20%. Ours is usually between 15% and 18%. One major characteristic of mead is that the bulk of the sugar used in fermentation is the honey itself.