Strong drink at the time of St John the Baptist

By | March 18, 2017

For those who are familiar with the New Testament, we know the St John the Baptist never drank wine or strong drink.

For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. - Luke 1:15 (KJV)

My question is as follows: What type of strong drinks existed in Palestine during the time of St John the Baptist (1st century BC)?