Few things are more Christmas than mulled… well, anything. This year, in the spirit of being trendy and just the good side of 30, we thought we would mull every hipster’s favourite drink, IPA.
IPA, for those of you who have been living under a rock for the last year or two is a strong, bitter style of beer. Invented by the British and re-popularised by the Americans, there are a million different styles on sale in every off-license and supermarket around. The good thing about this recipe is that you can use almost any you can get your hands on although we would recommend something in a British style.
Mulling isn’t an exact science, which is our favourite way of making drinks. We advise you to approach this recipe with boldness and abandon. A bit like a good stew, you can always tweak it at the end.
Now, nothing mulled ought to be made in a single serve, as like all of the great drinks it tastes much better when drunk in good company. The recipe we are going to give you makes about a litre, which is four decent serves. Feel free to scale this up or down as you see fit.
To make our mulled IPA, you’re going to need the following:
500ml IPA – as we’ve said before, something British would be our choice, but if you’ve got some Sierra Nevada or the like, it’ll be great.
200ml cloudy apple juice
100ml water – tap is all good, no water snobbery here.
100ml runny honey or agave
100ml of your favourite dark spirit – We like a bit of scotch in here, but Bourbon, dark or spiced Rum or as usual, an old Tequila will do wonders.
A generous pinch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and a couple of cloves. You can really go to town on these spices, try adding a few slices of ginger, a twist of black pepper or even some star anise if you’re feeling bold. There really isnt a wrong answer.
Grab yourself a big saucepan with a lid and put it on a low heat. Chuck everything into the pan and leave to mingle with the lid on. It’s important you don’t let this boil as all of the spices can start to stew, which will make the drink taste muddled (not mulled) and heavy.
As long as the lid stays on, you can keep this warm on the hob for as long as you like. It’ll also make your house smell INCREDIBLE.
Ladle into mugs and share. Feel free to garnish with some slices of orange, grapefruit or apple as you see fit. Make it super festive!
Why not try using Glenfiddich’s delicious IPA cask in this recipe? It’s a bit of an investment but you’d be well set to make “drinking tastier things” your resolution for 2018. Alternatively, why not swap out the IPA for a dry red wine or cider if you like something more traditional.
We hope you enjoy this recipe, and we wish you a happy, prosperous Christmas and New Year. If you’ve got events or a bar, bar team or cocktail menu that needs some love, let us know!