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Mulled Ale with Spices and Brandy

Mulled ale fortified with brandy is a potent winter warmer bursting with flavor. Very easy to make!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Cocktail/Punch
Cuisine: American, English
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: CraftBeering


  • 2 12 oz Christmas ale you will use only one 12 oz bottle and a half
  • tbsp dark brown sugar use more if you want ale to taste really sweet
  • 4-6 cloves to taste
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 6 pieces orange peel thin top layer of skin only, without the bitter white layer
  • 3 oz brandy substitute with Cognac if you feel like splurging


  • In a saucepan or small pot mix the ale (one and a half bottles, 18 oz total) with the brown sugar and nutmeg, immerse the cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick and orange peel.
  • Bring to gentle simmer (do not allow to boil), stir for sugar to dissolve and let simmer for 2-3 min to become well infused with the spices.
  • Remove from heat and add the brandy.
  • Serve in mugs with an orange slice and enjoy responsibly.