This is the season for a wassail. We drink it around a fire, offering some of the cider to our garden fruit trees.
I first had a version of this at a deer skinning/butchery course with ‘Wild cooking bath’. It was so good we recreated it for our Christmas day dinner.
I had the idea to try this one for myself, after my Sister in law’s fiance cooked us a gammon in Coca Cola. I then found out that Bob Thornton, of Moremead had already done it.
Warm yourself by the fire with a freshly made mug of gently spiced wine.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie. I like to serve them warm from the oven with a little Bailey’s extra thick cream
Crab apples are available in large quantities from late Summer. This drink is perfect for warming yourself, sat by the fire during the long, cold winter months
This was a bit of an experiment, and ended up a success! The golden syrup flavour really comes out in the finished ale. Ingredients: 500g coopers amber malt extract 35g fuggles/Goldings hops zest of 3 oranges 375g light brown soft sugar 12 pints of water 1 teaspoon Young’s super wine yeast extract Golden syrup Method:…
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Here’s a handy little trick for what to do if your brew turns to vinegar
This is my favorite home made beer.
This has to be my favorite drinks. Great chilled in the summer, or warmed in the winter.
There are a few basic rules
that you need to follow in order to make your own booze
Great on a cold winter evening by the fire
Before hops were common in beer brewing, herbs such as rosemary and nettles would have been used.
Every October I make a big batch of this to see me through the winter. It makes a lovely dark ale, with a slightly sweet tone from the pumpkin
Great heated with honey and spices at christmas
September is one of my favourite times of the year, as I get to spend a lot of time outside foraging for fruit.
Considered by some to be superior to sloe gin
Every story I know about exploding bottles seems to be connected with this brew.