In the summer there is nothing like a good cold beer to chase the heat away after a day out in the sun, but a close second is a nice frozen treat. Our thought was what if we could combine the two of them and make a frozen treat? Everyone loves a Popsicle, and we have had some success making adult Popsicles with wine, so why not make some with beer? A good beersicle would be a delightful adult treat, and we knew just the beer to use!
We recently had an evening out with friends at a local brewery, Brickway Brewery, where we had the chance to try out the various beers they brew. One of our favorites was a delicious coffee vanilla stout which was a collaboration between Brickway and one of our favorite local restaurants, The Grey Plume, who roasts their own coffee. Brewed using The Grey Plume’s coffee, the Coffee Vanilla Stout has a rich flavor of coffee, malt and delicious dark chocolate and a splash of vanilla bean. After trying Brickway’s Coffee Vanilla Stout, we had lots of ideas for how we could use this delicious beer (including drinking it!) especially as the coffee and chocolate flavors of this beer made it a great candidate for cooking and mixology.
For our Coffee and Cream Stout Beersicles we combined fresh cold brew coffee and cream with the Coffee Vanilla Stout and a little simple syrup. We combined the stout with a cream to give the beersicles a smoother creamier texture. We started out by filling the popsicle molds with the beer and cream mixture and allowing it to freeze to a consistency like soft serve. Next we layered the coffee, cream and simple syrup mixture on top of the beer mixture, which gave a different color and flavor. To finish of the beersicles, we filled the remaining space with a mixture of coffee, cream and beer. We allowed the beersicles to freeze overnight.
The Coffee and Cream Stout Beersicles were deliciously creamy and cool with a rich flavor of the stout and chocolate. The cream gives a silkiness and richness that helps to balance out the slight bitterness of the coffee and stout. These beersicles were not overly sweet, and really were a delicious balance of savory and sweet which made them a nice treat. Cheers!
- 6 oz stout beer
- 1.5 oz whipping cream
- 4 oz coffee
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- Makes 6. Combine beer and whipping cream.
- Ladle into popsicle molds, freeze 40-45 minutes until fairly frozen, slightly more than slushy.
- Meanwhile, combine coffee and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour coffee mixture into popsicle molds, over the beer mixture.
- Freeze at least 4 hours, or overnight.
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