Braggot (aka Bracket, Braket, Brackett...) is a malted beverage made with honey
. It is usually categorized as a type of mead
, except for when hops
are added - then it is usually considered a beer
. The honey/barley ratio should be about 50/50, in the amounts used in the recipe and in the taste of the braggot. Both should be clearly defined, with an overall sweetness. Braggot is a very old drink, and was very popular in Medieval Europe
wrote about it, as did several other authors.
Modern braggot is made usually as novelty ales by micro-breweries or by wineries specializing in Honeywine. Braggot is also very popular in home brewery for the same reasons it was popular in ancient times - they were as easy to brew as beer, but due to the honey were very high in alcohol content (generally around 10-12%).