If any one happens to also be a beekeeper, I can recommend mead as a simple to prepare drink. I have a demi-john of it bubbling away at the moment.
Basic receipe is:
2 kg of honey to approx 5 litres of water, dissolve, cool and then add yeast.
It will then need to be transfered to a new demi-john every month or so to get the sediment down, and then bottled. It does improve with age. (if you let it).
This batch is flavoured with some hops to reduce the sweet tastes, but it is worth experimenting with other flavourings (and types of honey as well).