Tej (Ethiopian Honey Wine)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

Tej, or tejj, is an Ethiopian sweet wine, similar to mead, that is typically made from fermented honey and a special kind of hops called gesho. It is traditionally served from a vase-like vessel called a berele. If you can't find tej or mead in your neighborhood, this recipe is a rough approximation. I tried this once at an Ethiopian wedding and it's quite delicious! Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups water
  • 13 cup honey
  • 1 (3 cup) bottle white wine (light, mildly sweet wine such as a riesling, soave or pinot grigio)


  1. 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.
  2. Pour the honey water and wine together into a decorative glass decanter, mix together and serve lightly chilled.


Most Helpful

This was so good and so sweet! It was also light, as I find some wines are heavy and dense.

Studentchef December 09, 2011

I'm not a big wine drinker, but I was having guests over and they like wine so I figured I would round out my meal with this sweet-looking beverage. It was a perfect complement to my other dishes and was very good. Very smooth and light. Thanks!

strawberrybird May 30, 2011

This was so good! Very much like mead, but much lighter in taste. Thanks for sharing! Made for ZWT7 - Africa.

Sara 76 May 26, 2011

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