This post was originally published here May 29, 2015. I’ve since updated the text and photographs. I hope you try out these fun adult “beer-sicles!”.
I’m popping in with popsicles!
And these popsicles are extra special because they contain beer!
So we should probably call them beer-sicles, right?
Here’s the skinny on these Mixed Berry Sour Ale Popsicles. The first step is making a rosemary-infused simple syrup. Once that’s cooled, add it to your blender along with 2 cups of mixed berries and 1 cup of sour ale. Blend everything together until smooth. Then pour the mixture into your popsicle molds and wait for them to freeze.
Seriously. That’s it. Your freezer does most of the heavy lifting here. The hardest part is having enough patience to wait for them to firm up!
I used a combination of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries for these popsicles. But you can use whatever berries you have on hand. And in whatever proportions you like, too (just keep them to 2 cups total). You can even use frozen mixed berries for this recipe!
Sour ales often have fruity undertones, so despite their pucker-inducing qualities, they work really well as an ingredient in dessert recipes. I picked a local-to-me sour ale that was brewed with raspberries, which really helped to bring home the berry-liscious flavors in these popsicles. The best advice I can give you for choosing a sour ale for this recipe is simply to make sure that it’s a beer you enjoy drinking on its own. Make total sense, right? If you do that, everything should work out great!
These Mixed Berry Sour Ale Popsicles would be so fun to serve for Memorial Day Weekend. I really hope you try them!
Mixed Berry Sour Ale Popsicles
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 2 cups mixed berries, thawed if frozen
- 1 cup sour ale
- In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar and rosemary sprig to a simmer. Cook until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the simple syrup to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, remove and discard the rosemary sprig.
- Add the cooled simple syrup, berries and sour ale to your blender. Blend on high until smooth. Then divide the mixture evenly between your popsicle molds, filling each mold about three-quarters of the way full. Insert popsicle sticks and place your molds into your freezer. Freeze until the popsicles are completely firm, about 6-8 hours.
- Once completely frozen, the popsicles can be removed from their molds and enjoyed. You can run a little warm water over the outside of the molds to help release the popsicles, if necessary.
Ohh girl, beer in popsicles?! I’m alllll in. I think this qualifies as quasi health food because of all those berries, correct? Have SO much fun this weekend, I’m jealous times a thousand and will just drown my jealously in wine.
Oh totally health food! XO
DId someone say beer?! OMG – this is madness! A beer cocktail in a pop!! Love the rosemary with fresh berries in there! Thank you Liz… sooo creative! and OMG – you’re at the conference in Portland! How fabulous… Wish I could be there! I’m waiting for IFBC in Seattle. I’ll be following! xx
Yup, I’m on your coast right now! 🙂
The use of fruity beer in this recipe is so clever!! A great summery dessert and cocktail combined into one!
Thanks, Phoebe! Glad you like it!
Beer-sicles sound amazing! What an awesome idea! LOVE!
Thanks, Shelby. Definitely a very good idea! 🙂
These look amazing – cannot wait to try my hand at them!
Thanks, Kerri! Let me know how they turn out!
Ok, you must share all your favorite finds in Portland! Shawn and I have $250 Southwest dollars we need to use up by June 4. I was thinking of booking us a fun little weekend getaway in Portland. I love exploring new cities. I’m going to email you next week for recommendations while it’s still fresh in your mind : )
And this beer-sicles are amazing! Add booze to everything!
Do it! You and Shawn will love PDX. This is the perfect time of year to visit!
Have funnnnn!!!! And these popsicles are such a good idea!! (and nice choice on the beer…winkity-wink 🙂 )
Ha ha ha! Thanks, Erin!
I am loving popsicles right now!! I have a freezerful of them and just want more!! I’ll be adding this to my list MAKE IT NOW!! love it so much 😀
That’s so awesome, Dini!
Those look delicious, with all the fun flavors of beer out there these days the popsicle possibilities are almost endless. And welcome to Portland. Definitely popsicle weather this weekend 😉
Thanks, Melinda! I heart Portland!
Love your berry beer popsicles! Have a great time in Portland 🙂
Yaaaaay! I hope you enjoy Portland! I’ve only driven through but hear there are all sorts of fun things to do, great things to eat, and alllll the delish beers. Loving these brilliant beersicles! Its Friday and 5:00 so I’m ready for the whole lot of them!
I’m definitely enjoying Portland. All the great beer here really helps! 🙂
Omg beersicles is the cutest name ever and love the color of these!
Thanks, Medha! Beer-sicles do sound pretty cute I guess! 🙂
Beersicles = genius!! Can’t wait to serve these up for some summer guests at the beach!
Your guests will never want to leave! Ha!
They are with beer! Love them already! 😀
YES! We think alike, Medeja!
Please don’t apologize for all of the frozen treats because I love them! The more popsicles the better, especially when beer is an ingredient. Beer + berries is a great combination! I hope you are having fun in Portland 🙂
Ok, no more apologies from me then. Ha ha! Wish you were in PDX with us!
Beer-sicles?!?! ‘Nuff said. I’m in.
Indeed! Don’t need much convincing for these babies!
Oh my goodness! I’m loving these grown-up popsicles! These are a must make!
Totally a must! Thanks, Thao!
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I love all of your pops Liz, these are so fun!
Thanks, Matt. I’m definitely obsessed with making popsicles! Especially boozy ones!
how much fun, love these, great contrast with the sour ale to the sweetness in the rest of the ingredients, I like that, thank you!
They are totally fun!