Beer Popsicles: Lemon Pale Ale

As summer heats up, so does my longing to add beer to everything I consume. I linger on the idea of changing classic recipes into beer recipes far longer than my busy day should allow. How would I add beer to a Tarte Tatin? What about an Blueberry pie? Or Eggs benedict? What beer would I use? Although I get lost in recipe development several times a day, it tends to make a long commute on a Los Angeles freeway that much more bareable.

Due to recent move, I’ve been a bit handicapped by my lack of access to a familiar kitchen and all of my culinary tools. I’m slowly working my way back to feeling normal, that slight feeling of alien unfamiliarity when I get home  has begun to subside and my subconcious is starting to accept that the new place that I sleep, is now my home.

Beer popsicles are a fun addition in any adult party. You can play with flavor combinations (strawberry basil, orange jalapeno, blueberry lime) or just use plain ‘ole untouched beer. If you have little ones around, make sure to keep these labeled well and separated from the kiddie ones.  If you are worried about a tiny human being handed the wrong flavor, use colored popsicle sticks for the kids and plain boring wood ones for the grown ups. You can buy popsicle sticks, colored and plain at most craft stores or on Amazon. This is the popsicle mold I used, but just about any hollow vessel will work.

I used Pike Brewing Naughty Nellie for these. With flavors of hops, grapefruit and citrus, it gave a sour punch that I really loved. This is a recipe that can take a hoppier beer because there is no cooking involved. Experiment with your favorite pale ale, you have a summer full of back yard barbecues to get it just right.

Lemon Pale Ale Popsicles 

1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 4 large lemons)

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup pale ale

Mix all together in a pitcher or measuring cup with a spout, stir until sugar has dissolved. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 6 hours. Run molds under hot water until the popsicles release.

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24 Responses to Beer Popsicles: Lemon Pale Ale

  1. Amrita May 18, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    Beersicles, let’s call them! I’m spotting a trend in these! :-D

  2. Oh My Veggies (@ohmyveggies) May 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    I was right, I have everything I need to make these–yay! These are totally made for summer get-togethers. Love it!

  3. fatpiginthemarket May 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    I’m into frosty treats of any kind but beer popsicles…I love this idea. Bring on the summer!

  4. Gourmet Popsicles Miami May 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Wow, those look great. Such a novel ideal.

  5. Megan {Country Cleaver} May 22, 2012 at 3:36 am #

    The fact that you used Pike to make these all the more freakin’ awesome.

  6. gerryspeirs May 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    I love the way this blog is going, some amazing recipes and I thought I was subscribed but must not have been (gasp) I am now!

  7. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) May 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Really like this idea! I think a porter pop would be good, too! :)

  8. m&m May 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Definitely sounds like something I’m going to have to try for my boyfriend this summer!

  9. cravingsofalunatik June 7, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    Dang girl, this is delish looking.

  10. Marcie Smith July 5, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    This is fabulous.. I think you’re on to something!!!!

  11. Becca July 6, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    aaaaaamazing. my boyfriend and his buddies are so gonna love me for this one :) thanks darlin :)

  12. Deb July 6, 2012 at 2:46 am #

    Hmmm…. wonder if this could be adapted for gluten-free beer? :-)

    • The Beeroness July 6, 2012 at 2:59 am #

      I think so. I’m sure you could just use GF beer and it would work just fine.

      • Deb July 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

        *heads up to fridge to make a batch for this afternoon’s forecast 100+ temperatures* :-)

  13. Carrie July 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    These are DELICIOUS! I am going to try them with pale ales that have a bit of fruitiness or ginger to them next time, just for fun. Great recipe!


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