Served with a Honey Cider & Beer cocktail

By Sally Cinello 2021

BEER & HONEY ROASTED CHICKPEAS

Ingredients

420 gram can of chickpeas

1/2 teaspoon olive oil 

120ml Sydney Brewery Pale Ale Beer 

55gm honey 

1 teaspoon sea salt 

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C or 180°C Fan Forced. Combine the salt and spices in a small bowl.
  2. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas. Pat dry on plenty of paper towels (I used a clean lint free kitchen towel.) Transfer to a flat baking tray with greaseproof paper and toss with olive oil. Roast the chickpeas for 35-40 minutes, give the chickpeas a shake half-way through. 
  3. Whisk the beer and honey in a small saucepan over a low heat so the honey dissolves, the mixture may foam up. Stir occasionally to prevent mixture burning. The mixture will go a nice light brown caramelised colour after 25-30 minutes. The mixture will solidify if cooled so keep it warm until ready to use.
  4. Transfer the baked chickpeas to a mixing bowl & mix 1 teaspoon of the spice/salt mix through them. Then add about 1 Tablespoon of the beer/honey mixture and give the chickpeas a stir. Spices and honey should be just enough to evenly coat all the chickpeas – not too much as the honey will burn. 
  5. Transfer the chickpeas back to the baking tray & bake for about 5-10 minutes. Keep a close eye on them as they can burn easily – they will go a nice dark roasted colour. 
  6. When they are roasted enough – transfer them to a container & sprinkle some more of the dry spice mix over the top & put the container in the fridge for about 10 minutes so the beer/honey mixture can harden up. 

HONEY CIDER & BEER COCKTAIL

Ingredients

180ml Sydney Brewery THE ORIGINAL SYDNEY CIDER

43gm Honey 

355ml Soda water 

30ml Fresh lemon juice 

1 Can of chilled Sydney Brewery pale ale beer

1 Red apple of choice cored & thinly sliced 

Method

  1. Combine cider and honey in a small saucepan over medium-high heat &  bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes so the liquid reduces to a syrup texture, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat, cool to room temperature. Chill in the freezer for half an hour or in the fridge for a few hours.
  2. Put the honey/cider syrup in a jug or carafe and add the soda water, lemon juice and beer & mix. Stir in the apple slices & add a couple of large handfuls of ice – enjoy!