Honey is used in small number of alcoholic beverages, either as a base ingredient or a sweetening flavor enhancer. Wine-Searcher places a varied selection of honey-flavored products in this category.
Until the discovery of cane sugar, honey was one of the very few sweeteners available, and was considered an indulgent luxury. Only the rich and powerful could spare honey for use in the production of beer and wine, and even then it was used primarily to improve the flavor of weak ales.
Mead is the most prominent example of a product fermented from honey. The honey is first mixed with water and sometimes grain mash (from which it is separated following fermentation) and the resulting liquid is then allowed to ferment. Click on the previous link for more information on Mead and closely related beverages, plus lists of products.
Honey liqueurs are quite distinct from mead and are most often made from a grain-spirit base sweetened with honey. Note that while honigwein is a German term for mead, in English it is more likely to mean a flavored wine. Users may, however, find a mead (labelled as honey wine) in the products below.