The newest HoneyMaker Mead flavors are Apple Cyser (a medium-bodied off-dry mead made with cider-pressed MacIntosh apples for pairing with pork or strong cheeses), the peppery and clove-nosed Elderberry (a lovely accompaniment to bitter dark chocolate), the bright and crisp Cranberry (for late winter turkey dinners), and - most excitingly - the Reserve blend, a bourbon barrel-aged mead with hints of vanilla and toasted sugar, best served on the rocks or in a hot toddy.
If you're lucky enough to live in a non-restricted state, a 750-ml bottle can be purchased for $14 from VinoShipper, or you can make a weekend road trip out of a trip up to the Tasting Room.
Visit their facebook page for a list of terrific cocktails.
This weekend, we'll be making a simple champagne cocktail by topping our bubbly with an ounce of the lavender mead. Mmmm, springtime.