This warm Cranberry Mulled Ale recipe is brimming with festive flavors. Full of cinnamon, honey, ginger and nutmeg, the drink smells and tastes just like Christmas.

If you like mulled wine or are looking for a warming winter drink, I bet you’ll love this mulled beer!

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Cranberry Mulled Ale

Get ready to fill your house with the aromas of the season, with this festive Cranberry Mulled Ale. A simple warm cocktail that’s spiced and sweetened to perfection.

We all love our beer ice cold, but with colder weather moving in it’s time to say goodbye to the chilled beer glasses, and hello to a mug full of hot beer. I know, I know, It sounds crazy, but stick with me on this one and you won’t regret it.

It’s a drink so good, even your traditional beer haters will be snagging sips of yours while no one is looking. 

warm spicy Cranberry Mulled Ale

What Is Mulled Ale?

Mulled ale delivers a warm spicy essence with hints of allspice, nutmeg, anise, cinnamon and clove, and manages to stand in that perfect middle ground of not bitter and not too sweet. You can always add more honey to your liking if you prefer a sweeter drink though.

The drink is officially defined as an ale that is mulled by sweetening and spicing, then heating; it was sometimes thickened by the beaten yolk of an egg. Mulled ale or hot beer as it’s also called has been known to be a very popular drink in England dating as far back as the sixteen hundreds.

So if people have been drinking it for that long it must be worth the hype, right?

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Tips For Making A Hot Beer Recipe

Choose the right beer When it comes to this it’s really all about preference. You can use an ale or a shandy (stay away from hoppy beers). I chose the cranberry ale because it fits better with my personal preferences, but you could also go with a holiday flavored shandy like the Jolly Traveler if you’re more of a shandy fan.

Pick your juice This step also depends on what beer your pic and your personal preferences again. If you like cranberry more than pomegranate go with that. Or cranberry juice is a good additive if you can’t find a cranberry beer.

You could also do a little half and half action with the two juices, I’m sure that would be amazing!

Never Let It Boil You’ll want to keep the mulled ale warm until you’re ready to drink it to ensure the best taste, but never let it boil. It’s important not to keep the heat too high though because then the alcohol will start to cook off, and no one wants that tragedy.

If your stove has a simmer setting, chose that, if not keep it on one or a max of 2.

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How To Serve Cranberry Mulled Ale

The best part about this mulled al recipe is that it’s so easy to adjust the recipe for the amount you need.  You can follow the recipe as is, or grab a big pot and a 6 pack of beer and serve a whole crowd.

Just put your stove on simmer to keep the mixture warm, and you can come back for more whenever you need to off your cup!

I love serving it up in a festive mug garnished with an orange slice and a stick of cinnamon to really get me in the holiday spirit! There’s no better way to spend a night than watching movies in front of the fire with a mulled ale in one hand and a slice of Caramel Butter Pecan Cake in the other.

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Cranberry Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail Made with pomegranate liqueur, cranberry juice, and champagne, you are only three ingredients away from the best holiday drink!

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A Hot Beer Recipe You’re Going To Love

This mulled ale is just too simple and too delicious not to make this holiday season! Don’t miss your shot at enjoying a cozy festive drink to warm your soul this season. I can’t wait to hear how much you love it!

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Holiday Cranberry Mulled Ale

Cranberry Mulled Ale

Yield: 2 servings
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes

This warm Cranberry Mulled Ale recipe is brimming with festive flavors. Full of cinnamon, honey, ginger and nutmeg, the drink smells and tastes just like Christmas.


  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle Cranberry Ale (or a holiday ale)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice (or cranberry juice if using a holiday ale)
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 shots of brandy (optional)
  • cinnamon stick (optional garnish)
  • orange slices (optional garnish)


  1. Using a small saucepan add ale, juice, honey, and spices. Bring to a gentle simmer on low to medium-low heat. If the beer begins to boil, turn down the heat. Allow to simmer for at least 2-3 minutes to infuse the spices.
  2. Remove from heat and add the brandy. Serve in mugs with an orange slice and cinnamon stick.

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