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Metheglin is a variety of mead that has been invigorated with additional spices—originally for medicinal purposes. The word comes from Welsh meddyglyn, a compound of meddyg, ‘medicinal’ (which was borrowed from Latin medicus) and llyn, ‘alcoholic liquor’. As the derivation of its name suggests, it was originally a drink of the Celtic fringe, but it seems to have achieved wider popularity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Samuel Pepys, for instance, recorded on 25 July 1666: ‘I drinking no wine, had metheglin for the King's own drinking’).

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