Tipsy Christmas wassail

Tipsy Christmas wassail
  • Serves icon For lots of people (makes 3.25 litres)
  • Time icon Ready in 15 minutes

This malty winter warmer is perfect for sipping on while decorating the Christmas tree or making Christmas Eve supper.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
146kcals
Fat
nil
Protein
0.6g
Carbohydrates
14.3g (14g sugars)
Fibre
nil
Salt
0.1g
Calories
146kcals
Fat
nil
Protein
0.6g
Carbohydrates
14.3g (14g sugars)
Fibre
nil
Salt
0.1g

Per 250ml serving

Ingredients

  • 5 x 500ml bottles dark ale (not stout)
  • 1 bottle (75cl) Madeira
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 tbsp soft light brown sugar

Method

  1. Put the ale, Madeira, lemons and spices in a large pan and bring to a simmer.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, tasting until it is sweetened to your liking.
  3. Heat very gently for 10 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse, then serve warm.

delicious. tips

  1. This recipe makes a lot, which is ideal if you’re having a crowd of guests over, or you can halve the quantity for a smaller number. The slightly bitter taste of the ale is counterbalanced by the sweet Madeira, so even those who don’t like beer will find the potion irresistible.

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