Christmas Ale Flip

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Serves2 people
Christmas Ale Flip

Warm up your winter with this delicious mulled ale flip. Once upon a December flips were made with rum, sugar and spices and heatedby plunging in a red hot poker. These days, you can warm the spiced ale mix up on the hob and then carefully pour it between two pans till it's aromatic and frothy. A hearty, warming drink that's full of festive flavour.


  • 1 lemon
  • 1cm chunk of fresh ginger
  • 30g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 500ml beer
  • 50ml golden rum
  • 1 large egg
  • Nutmeg, for grating (optional)

Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 5 mins

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1. Juice the lemon into a small pan. Peel the ginger and finely grate it in. Add the sugar, cinnamon and the ale. Place over a low heat and heat, stirring, till the ale is steaming hot and the sugar has dissolved – but make sure you don’t boil it. Just let it steam without bubbles.
2. In a separate, large pan, whisk the rum and egg together till well combined.
3. Take the beer off the heat. Slowly whisk a few small ladlefuls of the beer into the egg (don’t add it too quickly or you will scramble the egg). Once that is smoothly combined, whisk in all the beer.
4. When everything is combined, pour the mixture back into the original pan, then pour it back and forwards 3-4 times, till the ale is foamy and the colour of tea. Alternatively, keep it in one pan and give it a good whisk till it’s foamy.
5. Pour the ale flip into two mugs or heatproof beer glasses. If you have nutmeg, grate a little over the top before serving.
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