We drink it regularly, either with meals or on its own. Basically we drink it like wine because it is wine. You can make it similar to any wine style by using different ingredients, including yeasts, and different gravities. We generally use white wine yeasts for traditional (honey only), peach, apple (cyser). pear, etc. and red wine yeasts for melomels with berries: mixed berry, blueberry, raspberry, cranberry etc. You can make sessionable meads to port strength. We make mixed berry meads that drink like dry reds, peach melomel that we drink chilled in the summer, port strength spiced elderberry that we drink in snifters in the winter etc. We make dandelion mead, rhubarb mead, and all sorts of herbal meads (methlegin). Even rhodamel with rose petals and raspberries.
Its best to get honey from a local beekeeper or apiary in bulk. This year we harvested 100 pounds from our hives, but when we don't have a good honey year we get 60# buckets from a guy we know for $200.