I recently purchased Curt and Kathy's Sweet Mead kit form Northern Brewer. This will be my first attempt at Mead. I have been doing extracts for a couple of years now and my next beer will be a BIAB as a way to get in to all-grain..
Two Christmas's ago, I purchased a bottle of Mead from a local shop and I loved it. It was a Spiced Mead from Fox Hill Meadery in Marshal, N.C. The employees at the store called it "Christmas in a Bottle" and that was what it tasted like. I saved the bottle. The label says the Mead was made with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and orange zest.
My question is, has anyone made a five gallon batch of Mead with these ingredients? Or similar to it? What are the proportions for the ingredients?
I don't expect my first Mead to taste exactly like the Spiced Mead I purchased, but I would like to make something as close to it as possible.
I have seen several recipes for "Joe's Ancient Orange Mead" but those recipes use sliced whole oranges and not just the zest.
Any suggestions? Is Joe's Ancient Orange Mead the recipe I am looking for?