Mulled beer recipe: Hiver comes (a-)wassailing

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.

Going wassailing (wishing good health) during Yuletide isn’t as common as it was in medieval England, but we still enjoy the hot punch that was drunk as part of the ceremony.

There are several versions of the recipe out there: Hiver’s take on the traditional kind uses their Hiver Honey Beer in this sweet, lightly-spiced recipe.


1l cloudy apple juice
160ml dry gin
2 bottles Hiver Honey Beer
2 cinnamon sticks
3 green cardamom pods
4 tsp brown sugar
Fresh whole nutmeg, to serve


  1. Add the apple juice, gin, Hiver beer, cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods to a saucepan and warm though until hot but not steaming.
  2. Stir in the sugar until just dissolved, serve in warm cups and grate a little fresh nutmeg over the top.

How easy is that? If you’re a seasoned muller (see what we did there), feel free to add other flavours while you’re heating the punch, such as a few slices of orange or lemon. Give it a try this Christmas instead of the usual mulled wine or cider.

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