St. John's Wort and Cherry Herbal Mead Recipe

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Yesterday my husband and I bottled up the last of our wines. All of the batches turned out pretty well, but it was the St. John's Wort and Cherry herbal mead that was the most spectacular. Light and floral and the color of a beautiful rosé. 

So, of course, I had to brag about this on my Facebook page and in response I had numerous requests for the recipe. So here you are!

To make this recipe I used St. John's Wort flowers that had been frozen for about a month. I've never used dried St. John's Wort Flowers so I can't comment on whether or not that would work. 

Thanks to Portland herbalist Missy Rohs for giving me the idea! 

St. John's Wort and Cherry Herbal Mead Recipe - Ingredients

Pitted Cherries
  • One gallon of water
  • 3 pounds of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of yeast nutrient
  • One gallon of fresh St. John’s Wort Flowers
  • One pound of cherries (de-stoned and crushed)
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • Wine yeast

St John's Wort Flowers

St. John's Wort and Cherry Herbal Mead Recipe - Directions

  • Place the honey and water in a pan and bring to a boil.
  • In a food-grade bucket add the St. John’s Wort flowers, cherries, lemon juice, and yeast nutrient. 
  • Pour the just-boiled honey water into the bucket and stir well. 
  • Once the mixture in the bucket has cooled to about 85 degrees F, add the wine yeast (follow the directions on the wine yeast packet). Stir well. Cover with a cloth.
  • This will stay in the primary fermenter for 3-5 days. Each day stir the mixture well. 
  • After 3-5 days in the primary fermenter, strain off the liquid and place it in a carboy with an airlock. It will be ready in a year.

  • If you've never made mead or wine before, watch my how-to video on making dandelion wine.

    This is one of my favorite herbal meads ever! I highly recommend the recipe. This year we made another batch and this time we simmered the cherries along with the St. John's Wort. We'll have to wait another year to find out how it compares!

    Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Healand co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and has taught thousands of students through her online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.  

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