What does beer have to do with your honeymoon?

1665 Painting by Charles LeBrun

1665 Painting by Charles LeBrun

One legend has it that the word honey moon is derived from an ancient Babylonian tradition where the father of the bride gave his new son in law a months worth of mead, a kind of beer made from honey. So this post nuptial month, one cycle of the moon, became know as the honey month or honey moon.

The gift of mead, which the groom was to drink every night for a month was thought to increase the couple’s fertility.

Modernist tend to favor the Oxford dictionary notion that honeymoon comes from the belief that the first month of marriage is the sweetest. Personally I raise my glass to the beer story.