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My Favourite Mulled Beer Recipe

Posted December 2, 2014 | 6:16 pm, by Mirella

I was chatting with Mutsumi Takahashi on CTV Montréal News today and mentioned my favourite mulled beer; it’s a traditional wassail recipe called lambswool. This mulled beer is made using baked apples that not only fall apart to look like lambswool when cooked but are also delicious! I thought I’d take a moment to share the recipe with you. It’s great for holiday entertaining; with winter fast approaching…what better way to warm up than with a piping hot mulled beer?

This recipe is a result of me tinkering with a number of different recipes until I found the right balance of flavours. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!


…also a great way to keep warm while brewing in the winter!


4 McIntosh apples

brown sugar

2 cans of malty red or brown ale

3-4 cinnamon sticks

1 lemon

4 cloves

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/2 tsp ginger

1c brandy


  1. Heat the oven at 350º

Peel and core 4 apples

Place in an oven dish with 1/2” water

Fill the hole in each apple with brown sugar

Bake uncovered for 45 min

  1. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine:

2 cans of malty red or brown ale

3-4 cinnamon sticks

zest of 1/2 lemon

4 cloves

  1. Simmer over low heat but do not bring to a boil.
  1. Once the apples are done, add them to the beer mix (leaving any water behind).
  1. Then add the following:

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp cardamon

1/2 tsp ginger

  1. Simmer until the apples fall apart.
  1. Add 1c brandy, stir and serve!
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…if you’d like more ideas for fun holiday beer drinks, there’s the traditional Royal Posset (predecessor to the Egg Nog,) and my Beer Nog Float. You will also find some tasty beer cocktail recipes in my new book, including the very yummy Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail (ChoCaCo.)

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