Widecombe Fair Spiced Ale Recipe

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 Updated 14/08/2017

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Widecombe Fair spiced ale is an old English spiced ale drink. This or something similar was almost certainly sold at Widecombe Fair in Devon.


  • 2 pints of ale
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 large red eating apple
  • large pinch of ground mixed spice
  • large pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3 level teaspoon caster/superfine sugar
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  1. Heat the ale gently.
  2. Do not allow to boil.
  3. Stir in the spices and sugar.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Core but do not peel the apple.
  6. Slice the apple and float in the drink just before serving hot.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: NA

Yield: 2 - 4 servings


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