New beverages are pouring out of the woodwork to help you celebrate whatever aspect of the holidays you like. Back at Hallowe’en, I put together a list of all the pumpkin beers I could find. Now I’m going to do the same for holiday spiced beverages – spiced wines, spiced ales, spiced meads, and spiced ciders. They have to be spiced, and released specifically for this time of year.
I expect we’ll be looking at the indirect source of an increase in the stock price of McCormick’s and Schilling’s and anyone else who trades in cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
A preliminary, very short dip-my-toe-in look at spiced beers came up with 94 of them!!! I could be in some trouble here, so I’ll start with spiced wines, which are a much shorter list so far. I’m asking for your help. If you try a bottled, commercially available spiced wine, send me the vineyard and beverage name, would you? State of origin is nice but I can probably look it up if I have the other two.
If you web-search spiced wine, you get dozens of hypocras/mulled wine recipes. Of course Bud’s Glogg is probably the best of them (unless you have a strong family tradition for another recipe; if you’ve never made spiced wine, try Bud’s first), but a few intrepid entrepreneurs are actually making spiced wine and bottling it for you. Here’s who I’ve found so far:
So send ’em in and keep ’em coming. Let’s see how many we can find. I’ll post the list of beers in a day or two; I still have to compile the ist of ciders and meads.
I’m thinking of adding a badge to the file – for best name, for starters. The preliminary beer list has me yawning at the mere mention of “Christmas Ale” or “Winter Warmer”. Hmmmm, what shall we reward them for?