Liquor made for gods
A sacred drink of the gods and monarchs is also a drink of love
Mead or honey wine is considered the oldest alcoholic beverage—one that only gods and monarchs could drink. The Greeks call mead “ambrosia” and regard it as the message of the gods, delivered by bees. For Martin Martinez of Ilustrado Brews, mead is a message of love. Thus, Ilustrado Brews’ mead is rightfully named Sinta, the Tagalog word for love.
Every sip of their mead is a reminder of the plight of bees, from the creation of honey to the long fermentation. “Honey bee populations have reportedly been declining globally for quite some time,” says Martinez. More than its distinct sweetness, the creation of Sinta Mead aims to bring back the abundance of bees, the “messengers of gods.”
Once exclusively enjoyed by gods and kings, the mead’s flavor is a language that even ordinary human beings can understand. As Sinta Mead travels from the throat to the stomach, the flavor of raw honey lingers. Drink Sinta Mead on its own or as the base for a cocktail—Queen Elizabeth used to add rosemary, bay leaves, and thyme to her mead. But the best way to enjoy this libation is with your sinta. Available at Roots Katipunan, Unit 106, FBR Arcade, 317 Katipunan Ave., Brgy. Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines. 0917-8013907