I just found a bottle of honey liqueur which my parents brought back from Portugal a few years ago. At least, I think it's honey liqueur. There's a picture of a bee on the bottle, and it says "Liqueur de Mel" on the label. Either I'm right in thinking that "mel" is honey related (I can't be bothered to look it up, and it's similar to that in Welsh), or I'm drinking bee liqueur. Anyway, there is a point to this thread. The ingredients are listed as "Aqua, Alcool, Acucar, Essencia de Mel". Now I'm not too fussed about whatever 'acucar' turns out to be, but when I'm drinking beer, I want the ingredients to be water, barley, sugar, yeast and hops. When I'm drinking wine, I want the ingredients to be water, fruit, sugar and yeast. In either case, I'd be scared if 'alcohol' was listed as an ingredient, since it's not something which is added to the drink, it's a natural by-product of a reaction between the ingredients. So, onto my question: Is this just a Portuguese anomaly, and I'm drinking the result of weeks of fermentation and months of cask conditioning, or has my honey liqueur just been made by some guy mixing up 4 ingredients and sticking it into a bottle?