A Tipple for More Intimate Holiday Gatherings


  • 3 small oranges
  • 20 whole cloves
  • Two 750 ml bottles of amontillado (medium dry) sherry
  • Six 12-ounce bottles of cold ale (preferably a hoppy American ale like Sam Adams Boston Ale or Charlestons Palmetto Pale Ale)**
  • 1 quart gunpowder or other green tea, brewed strong and sweetened with 1/2 cup sugar, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole nutmegs
  • 1 heaping tablespoon ground ginger.


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