I recently ordered a sweet set of Zipzicle Zip-Top Ice Pop Pouches from Amazon and just got around to using them. It didn’t help that I spent way too long thinking of what booze would be best to freeze.
I wasn’t even sure you could freeze beer! Turns out you can, but there’s a few tricks to making it work.
I discovered that when I choose this ice pop recipe that featured the classic kriek lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans in Belgium. The cherry lambic beer, plus fresh fruit and layers of sweet cream is a beer ice pop recipe that I could totally get down with!
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The beer ice pops turned out to be sweet, tart, and still had notes of beer! Since those cherry lambics are quite sweet on their own, it helped to use fresh cherries.
The natural fruity tartness helped to tone done the sweetness while still keeping the fruity flavor front and center!
How To Pit Cherries (without a fancy tool!)
When I was making these cherry beer ice pops, I ran into a slight problem. How on earth was I going to quickly pit 4 cups of cherries? Cutting around the pit clearly wasn’t the way.
Some Notes About Freezing Beer
I noticed the big trick to this recipe was ensuring the beer never got too foamy. Foam doesn’t equal a good freeze!
Frozen booze or beer treats need to be kept in the freezer until they are ready to eat. These ice pops, and basically any boozy ice pops don’t stay frozen the same way as other liquids. You can blame that on the alcohol!
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Also, slowly pour the heavy cream in. Next time I make this recipe, I’ll be sure to freeze the cherry part a bit before adding the cream. That’s usually standard practice when working with liquid layers..
Whether you’re a die-hard craft beer geek or just a big fan of fruity booze, I know you’ll love this easy beer ice pop recipe!
Beer Ice Pop Recipe Using Cherry Lambic Beer
Yields about 10 Beer Ice Pops
- 12 fl oz Cherry Lambic Beer
- 4 Cups Cherries
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
- 4 Tablespoons Sugar
- In a blender add the chopped cherries and 2 tablespoons of sugar
- Blend for 1 minute or until smooth
- Slowly pour in the cherry lambic and pulse a few times to combine. Set aside to allow the foam and bubbles to go away.
- In a small bowl, combine heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
- Fill the ice pop molds using a funnel (and an extra set of hands) a little under 1/2 of the way.
- Then, pour in a few tablespoons of heavy cream before filling the rest of the pouch with the beer.
- Place the beer ice pops into a tall container and transfer to the freezer. Freeze overnight.
- Keep frozen until ready to eat!
Amazon Link to buy Zipzicle Zip-Top Ice Pop Pouches