A Mulled Spiced Beer Recipe with Badger Cranborne Poacher

Mulled beer recipe | Badger Beers 20th December 2023

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to spread the festive cheer than with a unique and heartwarming beverage?

This Christmas, elevate your celebration with a Mulled Spiced Beer, made with our rich and flavourful Badger Cranborne Poacher. Transforming a traditional brew into a winter wonder, this spiced beer recipe is sure to become a seasonal favourite, blending the comforting warmth of spices with the crisp notes of a well-crafted beer.

The Art of Adding Spices to Beer


Adding spices to beer is an age-old practice that infuses depth and character into your favourite brew.


While hops and malt create the beer’s backbone, spices can add a festive twist that tantalises the taste buds. The key is balance – a harmonious marriage of beer and spice that doesn’t overpower the drinker but instead enhances the overall experience.

The Perfect Brew: Badger’s Cranborne Poacher


To kick off our spiced beer adventure, we turn to the Cranborne Poacher, a rich and full-bodied beer that provides the ideal canvas for our Christmas spiced beer. The beer’s robust flavours, with hints of wild fruits and liquorice, pair seamlessly with warm Christmassy spices.

Crafting Your Mulled Spiced Beer



  • 4 bottles of Badger Cranborne Poacher
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 50g brown sugar
  • A pinch of nutmeg

Optional: a shot of dark rum per serving


  1. Pour the Cranborne Poacher into a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the orange slices, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, brown sugar, and a pinch of nutmeg to the saucepan.
  3. Gently warm the mixture, allowing the spices to infuse into the beer. Be careful not to boil the beer, as high temperatures can alter its flavours.
  4. Once warmed, let the mulled spiced beer simmer for 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavours to infuse.
  5. Strain the mixture into mugs or heatproof glasses, ensuring that the spices are removed.
  6. For an extra kick, add a shot of dark rum to each serving, stirring gently.
  7. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or an orange slice for a festive touch.


Sipping and Savouring your Christmas Spice Beer


As you take your first sip of this Mulled Spiced Beer, you’ll experience a cosy warmth that perfectly captures the essence of the holiday season. Badger’s Cranborne Poacher serves as the ideal foundation, allowing the spices to dance across your palate without overshadowing the beer’s unique qualities.


The orange slices provide a citrusy brightness, complemented by the earthy warmth of cinnamon and cloves. The star anise adds a subtle liquorice note, while the nutmeg contributes a hint of sweetness. The result is a well-balanced and nuanced Christmas spice beer that’s perfect for sipping by the fireplace or sharing with loved ones.


In conclusion, this spiced beer recipe is the perfect way to add a touch of holiday magic to your celebrations. With the ideal blend of spices and a quality beer as its base, this Mulled Spiced Beer is a festive drink that will undoubtedly become a cherished tradition. So, gather your loved ones, raise your mugs, and toast to the joyous season with a sip of Christmas in every brew.


Cheers to creating lasting memories and enjoying the warmth of the holidays, one spiced beer at a time!




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