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Beer that is season perfect: A guide to warm beer drinks to beat the chill

Here are some warm beer cocktails that’d be perfect for a barbeque party this season

more lifestyle Updated: Feb 21, 2017 19:25 IST
Etti Bali
Etti Bali
Hindustan Times
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Now, you don’t have to give up beer just because it’s cold. Warm beer cocktails are here to the rescue!(iStock Photo)

The thought of warm beer might cause beer lovers to cringe, but we’ve got some warm beer cocktail recipes so you don’t have to forsake your favourite drink just because it’s winter. “Warm beer cocktails can be the next big trend. The easiest to name are beer sour and mulled ale. These can be best paired with a chocolate dessert or a cheesecake. Savoury lovers can pair it with BBQ pork ribs,” says mixologist Ryan Rajput.

In fact, the Brits love their beer warm, which they call ale. Warm beer lets all the aromas come to the fore, but be careful not to heat it up too much, otherwise it could go flat. For any warm cocktail, they key is to retain the spirit. “To prevent the beer from evaporating, add another type of alcohol, like rum or brandy,” adds Rajput.

  • Warm beer lets all the aromas come to the fore.
  • Do not to heat it up too much, otherwise it could go flat.

We’ve got a line-up of some delish recipes that that will not only keep you cosy, but also add a zing to your beer.

With a rum twist

Boil some beer and keep aside. In a bowl, whisk two egg whites. Beat four egg yolks separately. Now add grated nutmeg, grated ginger and some sugar into the eggs mixture. Once everything is combined, whisk in the hot ale. Pour this mixture back and forth from once pitcher to the other to get a creamy consistency. Your winter warmer is ready!

Mull it over

Mulled beer, anyone? In a pan, pour beer and add winter spices like cinnamon, star anise, cloves and some black peppercorns. Stir continuously, but don’t let it come to a boil. Strain and serve in mugs.

Mulled beer can be made with spices like cinnamon, black peppercorn and cloves. (iStock)

Zingy ginger beer

A beery take on the hot toddy traditionally made with whiskey, this drink is just as easy to make. Mix agave nectar (or honey, if you like) and hot water in a mug. To this, add some tequila, ginger juliennes, a cinnamon stick and beer. Stir and serve warm.

Cheers to cocoa

Take a bottle of dry, stout beer and heat it on medium flame till it is reduced to half a cup. In another pan, mix milk, chocolate, cocoa with a pinch of salt and sugar. Heat till the mixture is smooth. Mix in the reduced beer and some Irish whiskey. Serve up hot!

First Published: Jan 13, 2017 18:39 IST