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Aoctli (A-oct-ly)

An alcoholic beverage of fermented honey mixed with water, and sometimes with various fruits, spices or grains.

Mechanics & Inner Workings

The type of honey used determines the overarching flavor of the aoctli, and can vary according to a honey bee’s particular diet of nectar and pollen. Traditional aoctli often uses a mild honey derived from orange blossom, clover or acacia.    Wildflower, blackberry and buckwheat honeys produce sturdier spiced drinks. Additionally; there are sweet, dry, still or sparkling variants that contains juices or fruits like melons, raspberries, apples or laced with roses.

Manufacturing process

Mild Brew

  1. Combine 2 parts honey and 3 parts water
  2. Boil the honey/water mixture
    • Lemons and coca tea can be added for a darker colour
  3. Leave alone for 4 to 6 weeks
  4. Resulting aoctli is collected and stored for 12 months
  5. From this point on, the concoction is maturing and will continue to mature for 12 more months inside a Wantu
 

Medicine

  • Certain kinds mixed with herbs or spices make them more palatable
    • different varieties are thought to improve digestion, help with depression and alleviate anxiety

Significance

Tampu Wasi

A gathering place and house of the ruler in the Land of Honey. They are sumptuously decorated with straw roofs that appeared to shine like gold from a distance, and is a space of great importance and power.  

Aoctli Killa

A period of time following a marriage whereby the couple drink aoctli for a full moon cycle, traditionally supplied by the bride's father. The essence is thought to ensure a fruitful and plentiful union.
Alternate Names
  • Ñupchu
  • Divine Dew
Item type
Consumable, Food / Drink
Rarity
Aoctli is common in the Third Quadrant, but a luxury in the other three quadrants.
Raw materials & Components
  • 2 Wantu of Honey
  • 3 Wantu of Water
  • Optional Additions of Nutritional Sources:
    • fresh or dried berries, grapes or plums
    • small bunches of wild, unsprayed botanicals such as wildflower, violets and dandelions
Tools
  • Clay or Wooden vessels
  • Wooden spoon
  • A piece of cloth
Discovery
The first batch was a chance discovery: Early makers drank the contents of a rainwater-flooded beehive that had fermented naturally in the open air.

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Cover image: Honey Ritual by Massimiliano Haematinon Nigro

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