The national drink of Ethiopia is T’ej, a golden sweet honey-wine. T’ej is a mead that is indigenous to Ethiopia with roots going back to the 4th century.
In Ethiopia, T’ej is made in private homes for family consumption and is not sold commercially. Each household has its own family recipe and variations in taste result from the type of honey used, temperature, climate, materials and utensils and the time involved in making the mead. Ethiopians purchase gallons of honey at a time to produce the mead and the taste can be as individual as the imagination of the person making it. The same recipe can vary from mother to daughter, for the mead is made from instinct as much as from a recipe.