Simple Viking Blod Clone Recipe

We set out to build a beginner mead recipe compiled from ingredients that can be found at your local grocery store without too much up-front investment. Designed for a five-gallon batch, the ingredients list for this recipe cost about $80. Since we wanted the recipe to be made from easily obtainable ingredients, we omitted the hops from the typical Viking Blød recipe clones.

  • Author: BC
  • Prep Time: One hour
  • Total Time: Months


  • 15 lbs honey
  • 6 lbs mixed berries — preferably with tart cherries
  • 12 oz dried hibiscus
  • 5 gallons water
  • pectic enzyme
  • D47 or EC-1118 Yeast


  1. Bring hibiscus to a boil in 1.5 gallons of water, kill the flame, and steep 30 minutes
  2. During the steep, blend raw honey, defrosted fruit, and pectic enzyme together with two gallons of water
  3. Drain and discard flowers, add hibiscus tea to the must
  4. Add the remainder of the water, stir to combine
  5. Pitch yeast immediately and ferment dry, making sure to punch the cap every 24-48 hours.