Medovukha is an alcoholic, honey-based drink, and has also been known as “mead.” This drink was originally popular with royalty, as the honey took from five to twenty years to ferment under traditional conditions, making it very expensive. Medovukha became more popular in ordinary society when faster and more effective ways of fermentation were developed, making the drink cheaper and easier to access for everyone. Medovukha was first stumbled upon by the Old Slavs, who always looked for ways in which the forest could provide for their dietary needs. They found that honey was a good food source, and noticed that it would ferment on the surface after some time had passed. After drinking this liquid and finding it delectable, the Slavs began to produce medovukha from there on out.