This recipe was created by the always-talented Lily Plauché for an article we did together for NoAla Magazine. Some articles can be tiresome to work on, but whenever beer is involved it is always a pleasure and this one was no exception.
We both got to visit Straight to Ale, a great brewery in Huntsville, sample their delicious fares, and got the grand tour of the brewery. As with every brewery I have ever visited the people were very accommodating and lovely. Though I’m sure there out there, I have yet to meet a mean brewer.
IPA Ice Pops
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 cup Straight to Ale Monkeynaut IPA beer
9 wooden craft sticks
1. In a medium pot, combine sugar, water, strawberries, and pineapple. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Let cool.
2. Place fruit mixture and beer in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Pour into ice pop molds, insert wooden craft stick into each, and freeze 8 hours or until firm.
These are a soft-frozen treat due to the high alcohol content. Dip the molds briefly into hot water to assist in removing from the pops the molds. You can also freeze them in small paper cups if you don’t have ice pop molds.