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Whiskey-spiked mulled ginger beer

It’s drinks like these mulled ginger beer with a hint of whiskey that create the Christmas atmosphere.

It's drinks like these mulled ginger beer with a hint of whiskey that create the Christmas atmosphere.

Hi guys! It’s been too long since I’ve written here. I’m not gonna bore you with a ton of details. If you want to see what’s been keeping me away from my blog, you can check my personal IG. You’ll see my little elf growing up, keeping me busy and on the move. He’s such a nice little boy an I love how he enjoys helping us in the kitchen or anywhere else for that matter. He loved to pick veggies from the garden in the summer. His favorite veggie for picking: green beans. Current obsession: baking cookies, dancing and playing with puzzles. One particular puzzle ALL DAY LONG. We’ve had to fix it multiple times it’s in such bad condition. 

It's drinks like these mulled ginger beer with a hint of whiskey that create the Christmas atmosphere.
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This was just a really short version of our life right now. And I’m so excited about the upcoming holidays. We’ve got the tree up, lights are on, decorations are up, we just need a drink to keep us warm. We’re all about spicy. Even the kiddo doesn’t mind a little heat. 

This whiskey spiked mulled beer is not for kids, but be sure to check the recipe notes for a non-alcoholic version that’s safe for kids 🙂 I want my kid to be able to eat and drink with all the rest of the family, so I try and make dishes and drinks that he can enjoy too. We’ve almost entirely banned eggs since he’s allergic and you’ll probably see a lot more egg-free recipes in the future.

Okay, let’s head to the recipe. I’ve tried mulled beer when we stopped in Lithuania on our Eurotrip honeymoon. It blew my mind. Who’d have known cooked beer would be so good. After that, I tried bad ones too and I can tell you choice of beer matters a lot. I’m making mulled ginger beer, but you can use others as well. Just make sure the beer is not too hoppy and bitter because this will reflect in the mulled beer. 

It's drinks like these mulled ginger beer with a hint of whiskey that create the Christmas atmosphere.
It's drinks like these mulled ginger beer with a hint of whiskey that create the Christmas atmosphere.

If you need more drinks to keep you warm during the cold winter you may want to try my Mulled Mandarin Juice or homemade Hot Chocolate.

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It's drinks like these mulled ginger beer with a hint of whiskey that create the Christmas atmosphere.
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Whiskey-Spiked Mulled Ginger Beer

It’s drinks like these mulled ginger beer with a hint of whiskey that create the Christmas atmosphere.

Course Cocktail, Drinks
Keyword beer cocktail, easy recipe
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 1 L ginger beer
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • peel of one orange
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 slices ginger
  • 4 rosemary springs
  • honey to taste
  • whiskey to taste

Instructions

  1. Add ginger beer, orange juice cinnamon sticks, ginger slices and rosemary springs to a pot and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes then remove from heat and add honey.

  2. Pour in mugs or heat-proof glasses and add whiskey to taste.

Notes

Non-alcoholic version: omit whiskey and use non-alcoholic ginger beer

It's drinks like these mulled ginger beer with a hint of whiskey that create the Christmas atmosphere.

Sparkling Basil & Blueberry Float

A perfectly refreshing and comforting non-alcoholic summer drink – sparkling basil and blueberry float.

A perfectly refreshing and comforting non-alcoholic summer drink - sparkling basil and blueberry float.

How’s summer been treating you so far?

So far, we’ve had increadible hot weather and we finaly managed to get some vacations. We love going to the lakeside. We spent a week at the amazing lake Bohinj. I dare say it’s one of the prettiest places in Slovenia. The lake lies right under the mountains in a national park. It’s amazing to see the slopes of the mountains end at the lake shore and see the most perfect sunset behind the peaks all while swimming in the cold (but no freezing) water.

Our friends with two kids joined us there. The kids had so much fun and us adults had a lot of beer. Omg, this sounds like we were neglecting our kids, but I asure you we weren’t. Beer was necesary to beat off the heat. And the uncountable wasp attacks. Anyway, it was a great vacation, minus wasps!

A perfectly refreshing and comforting non-alcoholic summer drink - sparkling basil and blueberry float. A perfectly refreshing and comforting non-alcoholic summer drink - sparkling basil and blueberry float.

Coming back home, we stepped right into the blueberry season. Not the wild ones, those are gone for a while. But they would work just as well if not better in this recipe. 

Anyway, the frost completely damaged our blueberry flowers and there are barely any blueberries. My parents-in-law have a lot, though. Luckily their blueberries survived the frost 🙂

I was thinking about making another drink recipe. I haven’t done one in a while and it’s about time to have one for the summer heat. I remember seing a ton of float recipes on Pinterest. I’ve never really tried one, but I was sure vanilla ice cream and blueberries would make an awesome summer float. So I made a simple recipe, that’s both a refreshing drink and an awesome dessert. Who wouldn’t like that?!

A perfectly refreshing and comforting non-alcoholic summer drink - sparkling basil and blueberry float. A perfectly refreshing and comforting non-alcoholic summer drink - sparkling basil and blueberry float. A perfectly refreshing and comforting non-alcoholic summer drink - sparkling basil and blueberry float.

Again my obsession with basil. I swear it’s in all my food these days. There’s just so much of it. And I like how delicious it tastes in sweet recipes. Blueberries and basil – a spot on combination. My new favorite! No really, it’s that great. You need to try the recipe ASAP.

Combine all of that with lime juice and a creamy bourbon vanilla icecream and you get the tasteiest, most delicious blueberry float. I actually saved some from the shoot in the fridge and they were just ass good the next day. Vanilla icecream turned into a creammy fluff and kept the bubbles from sparkling water right in the drink. It was just as yum the next day. Who would have thought 😀

 

A perfectly refreshing and comforting non-alcoholic summer drink - sparkling basil and blueberry float.A perfectly refreshing and comforting non-alcoholic summer drink - sparkling basil and blueberry float.

I feel like my posts are getting shorter and shorter, but I really need to get some sleep. I’m writing this while baby is two hours in his night sleep, so I only have a few more hours to get some proper rest. He usually wakes up at half past one or around two and after that it’s a gamble. He might sleep well, or he’ll move in his bed (sleeping or not). I can’t really sleep while I hear him moving, so I’m looking forward to him getting his own room in about two or three months. He’s actaully quite a good boy as far as sleeping goes, but I wouldn’t mind a full eight our sleep. Haven’t had one in four months.

We’ll I’ve kept my babbling way too long.

Off to bed now!

Good night folks and happy Friday in a couple of hours!

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Sparkling Basil & Blueberry Float

Servings 4 people

Ingredients

Blueberry Purée

  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • juice of one lime
  • 10 big basil leaves

Sparkling Basil & Blueberry Float

  • blueberry purée
  • 400 ml sparkling water
  • juice of two limes
  • 8 scoops bourbon vanilla ice cream
  • frozen blueberries or crushed ice

Instructions

Blueberry Purée

  1. Place all ingredients into a skillet over medium heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.

  2. Purée cooked blueberries and the liquid in a food processor and let cool at room temperature. Refrigerate before serving if preffered.

Sparkling Basil & Blueberry Float

  1. Fill four small glasses with blueberry purée, place frozen blueberries or crushed ice over. Pour over lime juice and sparkling water and top each drink with two scoops of bourbon vanilla ice cream.

A perfectly refreshing and comforting non-alcoholic summer drink - sparkling basil and blueberry float.