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Got beef broth mug

Spiked Broth is a simple, hearty way of warming oneself up in colder months. In its simplest form, a distilled spirit is added to a hot broth or soup, while at the other end of the spectrum it can be a sophisticated drinking experience that warms not only the body, but the soul.

One thing that must be remembered is that this is a hearty drink; if the broth is canned, it should be double strength; capable of taking in the spirits, spices and additional ingredients without getting watered down.

Spiked Beef Broth[]

Campbell's Beef Broth is best. It comes canned at double strength already (no need to reduce) and is rich and hearty. Heat to the edge of boiling (about one minute and a half in the microwave), then add 1.5 tsp Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar to taste (about 1-2 tsp) and a dash of Tabasco sauce (optional), before adding a shot of vodka, gin or rum. Stir well and serve in a mug.

Dorm Special[]

Making good use of the seasoning packets that come in ramen noodle packs, this version is not anywhere near as barbaric as it sounds; the spices combine with the spirits to give warm comfort in cold and lonely nights.

Start with a packet of ramen noodles; beef, oriental and shrimp work best (chicken... not so much). Take the flavoring packet and save the ramen for the next occasion or other recipe; Most ramen directions requite 2 cups of water; you will use just one.

  1. Place contents of flavoring pouch in the bottom of a mug
  2. Add 1 cup of water
  3. Heat in microwave until it starts to boil (about 1.5 minutes, depending on elevation and oven power)
  4. Stir in spirits; vodka goes well with all, but adds no flavour. Most gins don't mix well with the spices, but rum is excellent with beef. Sake should be the go-to for shrimp broth, but a sweeter blended whiskey really brings out the sea flavours. 1-1.5 oz. should do.

Oh... and don't drink the sediments at the bottom of the mug. A good way to avoid them is to strain the broth with cheesecloth before adding the spirits.

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