Coolin’ Off with Frozen Beersicles
We found Sean Paxton’s (aka. The Homebrew Chef) Beersicles recipes just in time for the 4th of July. Easy to make, these popsicles will be the king of conversation at your next homebrew gathering or cookout. They’re also a great way to feature your homebrew or other favorite beers. Use the recipes below as a guide for creating your own variations. Just don’t let the little kiddies get hold of these – they’re for big kids only.
Beersicles (from the Homebrew Chef)
Start with a basic simple syrup…
Simple Syrup Ingredients:
4 cups water
2 cups organic sugar
Simple Syrup Directions:
To make the simple syrup, bring water to a boil and add sugar. Whisk to dissolve the sugar and boil for 3 minutes on high. Remove from the heat and chill. This can be made in advance and will hold in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. Also perfect for cocktails and other desserts.
Union Jack IPA Pop Ingredients:
12 ounces Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Union Jack IPA
2 ounces simple syrup, recipe below
12 ounces Dogfish Head Midas Touch
2 ounces simple syrup, substitute 1/2 cup of honey for 3/4 cup sugar
Bastard Pop Ingredients:
12 ounces Stone Brewing Co. Arrogant Bastard Ale
2 ounces simple syrup
Kriek Popsicle Ingredients:
12 ounces Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek
2 ounces simple syrup
Goose Island Bourbon County Stoutsicle Ingredients:
12 ounces Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce heavy whipping cream
- Choose your recipe and combine ingredients in a bowl with a whisk
- Carefully pour (we used a funnel) the mixture into popsicle molds. One recipe filled a set of 4 popsicle molds.
- We used plastic molds, but you could probably use small plastic cups and wooden popsicle sticks, and put a small piece of plastic through the stick and over the top of the cup.
- Freeze overnight.
We made ours with Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch and Stone’s Old Arrogant Bastard. Reminds me of ice beer. The flavors are somewhat condensed and the primary flavors of the beer are really accentuated. The honey of course was prominent in the Midas Touch, and the hoppy bitterness stood out in the Old Arrogant Bastard. The taste of the beer is retained, but sweetly enhanced with the simple syrup. Just a fun, interesting way to experience your favorite beer, especially in the heat of summer.
You’ll find tons of great beer recipes on Sean Paxton’s website at www.thehomebrewchef.com. He also hosts a show on The Brewing Network where he talks all about cooking with beer. He shares some amazing homebrew and food recipes (afterall, he is a homebrewer AND a chef), as well as comprehensive insights to food and beer pairings.