Liquor made for gods

A sa­cred drink of the gods and monar­chs is also a drink of love

Northern Living - - CONTENTS - TEXT OLIVER EMO­CLING PHO­TOG­RA­PHY PA­TRICK SEGOVIA

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

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