It has to be said that it is best to stock up with a few more ingredients than specified below, mainly so because, especially if this is for a winter party, there could (should!) be a high demand for this lovely, festive beverage.
- 4 litres of Coca-Cola (the real stuff, otherwise it tastes like sugared water)
- 1 litre of Ginger Ale (some good Ginger Ale; Canadian Dry is my personal favourite)
- 4 tablespoons of brown sugar (one spoonful per litre of Coca-Cola, just adds a lovely toffee tang)
- 1 tablespoon of Vanilla Flavouring
- 1 teaspoon of Almond Flavouring
- 2 cloves
- 2 cinnamon stick
Personally, I love to make this alcoholic because it makes it even more of a hit. The recipe above it good for people who don't drink or for small children. However, if adding alchohol to it, it's best not to add the vanilla/almond flavourings and to add a good measure of your favourite alcholic liqeur or spirit. Personally, I like using either Malibu, Amaretto (Dissorono) or just plain vodka. You could try and imitate famous coke flavours, by adding the following things below:
- Cherry Coke: Add some Cherry liquer or Kirsch
- Coca Cola Lime: Cut up 2 limes into halves and let them float in your vat, allowing the flavour to leech out. Or, if you cannot get limes, you can splosh a bit of lime cordial in.
The method is relatively easy. It can be gently left to heat in a vat on the hob if you're having a house party. It's brilliant for a party which involves outdoor time, as the warmth can really come into it's destined use!
1) Pour in your 4 litres of Coca Cola into a large soup pan or any heatable vessel you have that can withstand 5 litres. Set it onto heat at a fairly low temperature. YOU MUST NOT BOIL THIS. If you boil it, it will no longer be carbonated and will just taste a bit funky! You want it warmed to about 60-80 degrees celsius.
2) As your pool of Coca-Cola gets warm, add in the necessary amounts of brown sugar. White sugar doesn't seem to have the same mesmeric flavour I'm afraid, and won't really contribute flavour-wise. Brown-sugar makes it taste quite rich and dark. If you want to be really classy, add some molasses instead. But, not many people have this just sitting around the house. Whatever you choose to add in, stir it pretty slowly. Don't cause too much commotion and knock out all the carbon dioxide. You want to keep this beverage as carbonated as possible!
3) Once the brown sugar has dissolved, add your flavourings and spices. Make sure you keep an eye on where your cloves are because you'll need to remove them later. Same applies to the cinnamon, but I imagine it would be easy to find those!
4) Leave this gorgeous pool of heaven to heat very gently. Remember, ideally you want it pretty warm and not boiling. Leave it as long as you like, as long as you have left it at least 10 minutes for the spice to diffuse in. Any longer than a few hours would risk the beverage going too flat.
5) After leaving your vat of warm Coca-Cola for a bit, it comes the time to serve. The heat should be turned down a significant bit now - but not turned off; you want to keep this warm. If you are adding any spirits or liqeurs as suggested above, add them now. Reason being, adding them before heating would cause the alcohol to evaporate and would kind of denature the taste. Adding it now reassures you that the life of the alcohol will still very much be present!
6) Right before serving, add in your litre of ginger ale gently. There are two purposes to using Ginger Ale. Firstly, it adds a bit more spice to the concoction, and, secondly, it replenishes the carbon dioxide that was lost from the Coca-Cola during heating and just being out of the bottle. This assures that there is still some fizz.
And that is that! Serve it fast and enjoy. The warmth of this beverage means it will get into your blood much quicker, especially when out in the cold. Unfortunately, this beverage doesn;t have a very long lifespan. After a few hours, it will go pretty flat and won;t taste very nice. That being said, good things don't always last forever hun! ;)
Lots of festive fun, AnthonyShock