Joe's Ancient Orange is my suggestion for a way ahead.
Recipe designed for a 1 gallon batch. All ingredients can be obtained from a grocery store (including a 1 gallon plastic can of water, water for the brew and the can as the fermenter). Compared to most meads, it doesn't take long i.e. can be ready or close too, in a couple of months.
It's scalable and repeatable.
Once finished (ferment finished, clear liquid and fruit dropped to bottom) it's reasonably drinkable (IMO it needs to be aged for at least 3 to 6 months, but Joe considers it drinkable so.......)