Brown Butter Spiced Ale
The latest Food52 contest was all about beer, I love a challenge and wanted to create a drink using beer that could comfortably be consumed when it’s cold outside. I primarily think of beer as a summer drink. A hot buttered rum came to mind so I set about switching the ingredients so as to use beer instead of rum and water. I thought that an ale would be nice and added browned butter, brown sugar, some spices and a splash of brandy and the result is really quite delicious. It’s a great way to enjoy beer if you live in a cold climate. The bitterness of the ale is offset by the sugar and spice and the browned butter adds a richness reminiscent of a hot buttered rum. I was so pleased that the recipe was chosen to be tested as a community pick and was thrilled to see that it was chosen to be showcased and photographed by the editors at food52. Kukla, one of our outstanding community members tested the recipe and wrote a lovely review. Here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy if you decide to give it a try.
- 12 ounces ale of your choice
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- splashes brandy (about 1 tablespoon) per glass
- 1 Cinnamon stick for garnish
- Add butter to small saucepan and melt on medium heat. Cook until butter becomes a light brown and has a slightly nutty smell (approximately 3 minutes). Reduce heat to low and add brown sugar and spices — cook until brown sugar is dissolved and the mixture is paste-like. Scrape into small bowl or ramekin and cover with foil to keep warm.
- Add the ale to the same saucepan and heat on medium until hot. Spoon two tablespoonds of the spiced butter mixture in serving glass, pour hot ale into glass and add a splash of brandy (about 1 or 2 tablespoons) and stir. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
Wow! I am very impressed but I’m, not sure I could drink this!!!!!
Thank you, it’s really a different type of drink, a little bitter a little sweet and pretty strong once you add the brandy. I am not a big drinker at all so I can certainly understand that it may not be something you could drink.
Thank you so much!
This drink looks perfect for a kick but delicious taste 😀
Thanks CCU, it packs a kick for sure and although a bit different it is tasty!
Congratulations on your creation! Well done! 🙂 I’m a huge beer fan. Stefano and I have to try this.
Thank you Francesca, its a great twist on beer I’d love to know what you think if you try it.
Congrats on the CP! It sounds delicious! Love to the Pups.
Thanks Bevi, will give Izzy and Nando a kiss and hug from you!
The drink looks good but, I’m not a beer or brandy fan…so I might not be able to handle it…lol!
Ha, so i managed to include two things you don’t like that are the base for the drink. LOL!
Lol!! It does look good, I just know I probably couldn’t do it 😉
Totally get it, sometimes I find beer too bitter, I love to cook with it and will drink it in the summer when it’s ice cold and ale can be on the bitter side for sure, the butter and sugar and spices cut that bitterness nicely. Hey there is always hot buttered rum!
Oh my I have never seen such a thing! I used to LOVE beer but haven’t had any in probably 3 years. This is so intriguing to me! I love the spices in it…I am just sitting here trying to imagine the taste, lol! I don’t like brandy or any hard liquor so I’d leave that out, but I may have to try this once I’m no longer breast feeding. I’m fascinated, so creative 🙂
It is a very unusual recipe but works, I only have beer occasionally in the summer but was challenged to create a drink that can be enjoyed when an ice cold on is not what you want, I decided rather than adding beer during cooking and creating a drink would be good. It turned out well, the brandy is purely optional and it really is nice. Thank you so much.
A creative idea, Congrats on the CP and the showcased photo! 🙂
What a great idea!
Thank you so much, tried to think outside the box.
Suzanne, you are amazing with the recipes. This looks really good!! I have all the ingredients! I am trying it out tomorrow 🙂
You are too sweet thank you so much, if you try it would love to hear what you think. Thank you so much.
I will let you know!!
Thank you so much, I really love input, negative or positive, constructive criticism is more than welcome.
Suzanne, I tried this today after dinner. I ended up not having the brandy or cinnamon sticks. But I had leftover peppermint candy canes! This was so good!!! A little hot toddy 🙂 Loved it 🙂
You really liked it? I am so thrilled. It means so much to me that you tried it, Thank you so much for the feedback, candy canes, what a great idea. Thank you again,