Wednesday, 6 January 2010

It's awful chilly out there........

The festive season is over and usually that would mean a return to work, January blues, and wearing extra layers to keep warm and hide the extra Christmas pounds!

But this week is slightly different as the entire country has seemingly been brought to a standstill by "snowmageddon". Putting aside all the moans about inefficient transport networks, lack of gritting and just how cold it is, it's no bad thing to have an unexpected day at home with nothing else to do except throw snowballs and make snow angels.

But the trouble is with playing in the snow it's chilly so what better to warm you up than a Mulled Blue Moon.

Created by Joe Stoke at All Star Lanes, this recipe takes a nod from the boiler maker beer and bourbon combination, the origins of which lie with Pennsylvanian steel workers. The workers used to have a shot and a beer at the same time after a hard days work. Using the wheat based Blue Moon and the wheat based Makers Mark lengthens the finish of the overall drink and gives a little extra punch. The butter and spices pick up the beers natural creamy yet fruity nature and blend seamlessly into this winning winter warmer.

The Mull
1 bottle of Blue Moon, 1 slice lemon, 2 slices apple, 4 slices orange, 4 cloves, ¼ cinnamon stick, Touch of mace, 10mls gomme, 2 slices ginger. Warm gently in a soup kettle or pan for 1 hour.

To Serve
150mls of the mull, 1 bar spoon Honey (orange blossom if possible), 10mls Makers Mark, 2-3mls unsalted butter.Steam with the use of the coffee steamer until frothy and hot, garnish with a dusting of grated nutmeg and enjoy!!

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