Spiced Shire Ale

Inspired by The Lord of the Rings, Fergus O'Sullivan soaks warming spices in brandy and apple juice to create a fire-side drink that'll take you through the colder months
Spiced Shire Ale
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  • Serves: 4-6
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes plus overnight infusing
  • Effort: easy


  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 200 ml apple brandy
  • 100 ml apple juice
  • 1-2 tbsp clear honey
  • 2 litres golden ale


1. Open the cardamom pods and strip out the seeds. Crush the cinnamon stick and put all of the spices in a sealable container with the brandy and apple juice. Leave overnight to allow the brandy to absorb the spicy flavours.

2. Dilute the honey with a little hot water and strain the brandy and apple juice mixture over the honey. Stir to combine.

3. Divide between 4 - 6 tankards, depending on the size. Top up with the ale and serve.

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