Apple Mead


I can’t claim this is a drink that’s known all over Ireland, but it’s a quirky and interesting one that pays homage to a lot of Irish beverages, including mead, the fermented honey drink the Irish monks made. Despite its sweet and innocuous name, this drink kicks like a mule. With champagne (or prosecco), a little apple cider (you can use hard cider or regular cider, as you prefer), a taste of honey, and a dash of Irish whiskey, it’s delicious and goes down easy. But in potency, it reminds me of a French 75, the cocktail of champagne, lemon juice, simple syrup, and brandy. It, too, slips down with ease, but a short time later you realize why it was named after French guns in World War I.


  • ounces (3 tablespoons) apple cider (soft or hard, as you prefer)
  • 1 jigger Irish whiskey ( ounces or 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 ounces(½ cup) Champagne or prosecco


  1. Put the cider, whiskey, and honey in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice and shake.
  2. Strain into a large martini glass and top with the Champagne.