Autumn, Drinks, Polish food, Winter

Mulled beer

November 25, 2012

mulled beer with cinnamon and star anise

There is so much going on right now, but on the other hand nothing really changed.
It is somewhere between autumn and winter, days are shorter, but the Christmas lights are on.
It’s dark and cold so I started to have more excuses to stay at home and eat something nice and comforting instead of going out. However after a few weekends in I started to miss the sky, sea, fresh air and sunlight. This morning it was bright and crisp, really good weather for a walk.

clontarf strand, dublin, seaside
On Tuesday I joined “From spoon to screen: the whys and hows of food blogging” meeting. I must admit I missed bloggers’ meetings. There is always this vibrant buzz around them and you want to run and cook and blog more and better, until you get home and you are tired and you get stuck watching Masterchef Australia and eating whatever was in a fridge.
Keep an eye on The National Librarie’s website as this event was part of a series ‘The Kitchen Archive’ that focuses on how recipes and culinary skills have been communicated through the centuries in Ireland, so there are more interesting events to come.
But the more I think about the blogging less I know. Do I know what my voice is? Who are my readers? What I really want to say? I don’t know the answer to those question. I know that I enjoy writing and talking photos. I love blogging because I get to know fantastic people, because I cook better food.

clontarf strand, dublin, seaside

Thanks to Simone and the photography and styling challenge she organised I finally decided to post a recipe for my favorite hot alcohol drink for winter.
I really don’t understand why mulled beer isn’t as popular as mulled wine. I love mulled beer and I also treat it as kind of medicine. You see whenever I feel like I’m getting a cold I fix myself a mulled beer. It is hot and spicy, so it will warm you up, it has honey and we all know that honey is good for you and it’s much better than an onion syrup my mum used to make me drink. And remember you can drink it even when you are totally healthy.

Mulled beer

Makes: Makes 2

Mulled beer

For the purposes of this post I measured the amounts of ingredients, usually I just mix in a few my favorite ground spices - cinnamon, ginger and cardamon and some honey. The goal is to get drink that is sweet and spicy. Other version you may try: Add raspberry syrup instead of honey. My boyfriend likes adding a slice of orange before drinking, however it's definitely not my cup of tea.

  • 2 lager beers
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1-cm long piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamon
  • pinch nutmeg
Put the beer into a saucepan with the spices and honey and heat slowly, don't boil it.
Taste and add spices and honey to your liking. Poor through a sieve into thick glasses. Enjoy :)

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  • Reply Anja November 25, 2012 at 19:26

    Oh my gosh, I remember my mom chasing me around the living room to make me have onion syrop! BLEH!!lol The mulled beer sounds way better, can’t wait to try:)

    • Reply Magda December 1, 2012 at 19:37

      Totally agree, the onion syrup was really bad.

  • Reply Bea November 26, 2012 at 11:30

    Szklanki faktycznie sliczne! Moze i ja je sobie kupie ;) A co do ich zawartosci, to wole sobie wyobrazac, ze to cos innego niz piwo niestety ;))

    Pozdrawiam serdecznie! I milego tygodnia zycze :)

    • Reply Magda December 1, 2012 at 19:38

      Dzięki Beo i Tobie miłego weekendu i tygodnia. A zawartość moze być dowolna, dla każdego coś miłego :)

  • Reply Kristin November 26, 2012 at 12:39

    I’ve heard of mulled wine and mulled cider, but never mulled beer – I can’t wait to try this!

    • Reply Magda December 1, 2012 at 19:41

      I know, I find it fascinating that mulled beer isn’t popular, it is such a easy treat especially if you have a beer lover at home

  • Reply Shan Austine December 12, 2012 at 14:14

    You have create an interest in me to make a Mulled beer once in my kitchen. Because I want to taste it one.

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  • Reply Dimitry December 3, 2013 at 22:08

    Hi Magda.

    I have been looking for a recipe like this since I visited Poland 10 years ago. When I was there, in the winter, mulled beer was the drink to drink while waking through town. I tried my hand at it when I returned state side but everything I made was not good. I look forward to trying yours.


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      Hi Dimitry,
      Oh wow, I hope you will, it’s a challenge to recreate a flavour from the past. Just to be on the safe side I can recommend tasting and seasoning to your own tastebuds.
      Good luck.

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