(Ethiopian honey wine)
Tej, or tejj, is an Ethiopian sweet wine, similar to mead, that is made from fermented honey and a special kind of hops called gesho. It is traditionally served from a vase-like vessel called a berele. Ethiopians believe tej was the wine used for a toast between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. If you can't find tej or mead in your neighborhood, this recipe is a rough approximation.
4 to 6 servings
- Water -- 2 cups
- Honey -- 1/3 cup
- White wine (see variations) -- 1 (750-ml) bottle
- In a small saucepan, heat the water and honey over low flame, stirring until the honey is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and chill completely.
- Pour the honey water and wine together into a decorative glass decanter, mix together and serve lightly chilled.
- Types of Wine: Use a light, mildly sweet white wine such as a riesling, soave or pinot grigio.