Grapefruit Caipirinha Ale Popsicles

by James Stevenson

I decided to turn my favorite Brazilian cocktail the caipirinha into refreshing summer popsicles. The caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail and contains cachaca a liquor made from sugar cane. The classic caiprinha contains lime, sugar and cachaca. In my version I added Super Rad ale which is brewed with a grapefruit and grapefruit juice for a refreshing and tart twist. Super Rad ale comes from a local brewery here in Seattle called Epic Ales. They were founded in 2009 and are noted for providing a new adventure in beer drinking. I like that their beer philosophy is “Every possibility is conceivable.” They offer very creative and unique beers which makes these gems great for beer cocktails or boozy popsicles. Super Rad ale is 5.3% ABV and 25 IBU it is super dry, lightly tart and fruity. For this specific ale they took a classic farmhouse ale and added a whole grapefruit. This explains why the beer is tart and not super sweet because the whole entire grapefruit was used in the brewing process. If you can’t find Epic Ales in your area try any kind of fruity beer and cool your summer off with these lovely popsicles.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of Novo Fogo cachaca
  • ¾ cup of grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup of Super Rad Ale brewed with Grapefruit
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 limes, juiced

Garnish: gold sugar

Instructions:

  • This recipe is based on a set of 6 popsicle molds
  • Pour 1/8 cup of grapefruit juice into each popsicle mold
  • Chill popsicle molds in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes or until the grapefruit juice is slight frozen
  • In a measuring cup mix together cachaca, lime juice, and sugar
  • Mix until sugar is dissolved and add beer
  • Add mixture to popsicle molds
  • Put popsicle molds back in the freezer to chill and set for 30-60 minutes
  • Add popsicle sticks and freeze over night
  • Run warm water over molds to loosen popsicles and serve

Serves: 6

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