All that talk of drinking made me think, well, why not do a beer batter? They’re as good for sweet fritters as they are for savory fry-ups like fish. All you need is a little sugar in the mix, and to replace the herbs with spices. Like so:
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
pinch of ground cinnamon (and/or a few gratings of nutmeg)
pinch of salt
8 ounces lager-style beer
Blend dry ingredients together, then whisk in beer. Done!
Oh, and for those of you who might be tempted to worry about the alcohol, don’t. It cooks right out when the fritters hit the oil.