Our farm is located an hour north of Atlanta, GA in Jasper. It is dedicated to the mission of creating a well-balanced ecosystem and rich soils that produce nutrient-dense foods (and drinks), while treating the environment and the animals with respect. Our primary goal is to establish heavily-producing, mixed orchard & vineyard systems, that are easy to manage and require minimal off-farm inputs.
People have been imbibing vinegar-based drinks for thousands of years. These drinking vinegars (or "vinegar tonics"), such as shrubs, switchels, and oxymels, have grown quite popular in recent years. Read the Full Story to find out why out more.
Most simply, mead is a wine made with honey. It is fermented with three basic ingredients: honey, water, and yeast. However, there are many different styles of mead, which are based on the basic ingredients (e.g., honey) and flavorings (e.g., herbs, spices) added, degree of sweetness, alcoholic strength, degree of carbonation, and even country of origin.
Cyser is a type of mead where all (or some) of the water used to dilute the honey is replaced with apple cider. Over the years, I have made many batches of cyser and making it has become a Fall tradition for me. Here is a basic recipe for a 5-gallon batch of spiced cyser. Cheers.