Monday, November 15, 2004

Cake and mead - update

Just an update on the latest pleasures:

The cake lady adores the trade idea. I'm going to survey her customers this week, do the research and finally put together her website. Wow, her cakes are good. She is an awesome designer when it comes to the display but the best part is that her cakes don't taste like a sugar cube. Dig it: chocolate layer cake soaked in kahlua with ganache filling and delicious swiss meringue buttercream frosting. It's the ideal combonation of flavors, moist chocolate, coffee and cream. Yeah. Now wipe the drool off your keyboard.

We racked the mead last night. Siphoned off the delicious top layer, leaving the spent yeast yuck at the bottom. It is perfectly clear and has the beautiful gold color of chardonnay. We poured a glass of each (mead and commercial chardonnay) and we couldn't tell the difference just looking at it. It could be a little drier for my taste, but it's still aging. It's got a sparkly effervescence to it, and you can certainly taste the hint of grapefruit we added. It really is scrumptious.


Blogger mandy said...

It's nice to find a fellow mead brewer! My hubby and I made a big ol' batch before we got married and gave out bottles of it as wedding favors. Unfortunately it took longer than we expected and we didn't have time for it to age properly in the bottle before passing it out... We had to warn everyone to wait a while (more like a year) before drinking it. Have you heard the origin of the "honeymoon"? Supposedly it has to do with a month's worth of mead given to a newlywed couple. Cheers!

12:30 PM  
Blogger Noir Muse said...

Making the mead has been a lot of fun - although there has been the risk of drinking it all up before the wedding. I just finished designing the labels last night. Originally it was going to be called "It's my tiara, damn it!" wedding mead - but we were worried people would take it too seriously. Did you design labels for the bottles? I am very curious about how it all turned out for you.

12:27 AM  
Blogger mandy said...

I love the name! Although I see what you mean about people taking it too seriously. I wish most people would understand that weddings are meant to be FUN!

My mother is big into graphic design so she made all our invites and paper products. We were too lazy to make actual labels (and the bottles were oddly shaped - smaller retacangular vinegar bottles), so she put the honeymoon-mead story and our story of making the mead on a small card and then tied it to the bottles. We got some wax to melt over the top of the cork too - it ended up looking quite nice.

We never had the problem with drinking it all before the wedding - we even ended up telling people to wait and toast to us with it on our first anniversary. It's been a year and 4 months, and we still have some left and keeps getting better!

When's the big day? And I'm intrigued by the addition of grapefruit! That sounds fabulous. How much did you add? I've always wanted to try adding cranberry.

7:26 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home