Beer Syrup

Beer Syrup

Simple syrups are generally just sugar and water reduced and thickened; you can play with these flavors by using different kinds of liquids, adding fruit or vegetables, and a variety of spices. A beer syrup is just what it sounds like — substituting beer for water to create an intensified sweet beer flavoring for cocktails, like our own Dilbert’s Dilemma, a new twist on the classic Boilermaker.

8 ounces of beer (we prefer a dark beer, and since it will be in a 12-ounce bottle or can, you can enjoy the remaining four ounces while you make the syrup)

1/2 cup raw sugar (use any sugar you like, of course)

a few whole cardamom pods

one small vanilla bean, split

Put all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a low boil, stirring gently. Reduce heat to low and allow to reduce by half, generally about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, remove cardamom pods and vanilla bean, and cool thoroughly. Can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.

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  1. Oh. Wow. I love beer, and I make syrups out of every-damn-thing in my kitchen – how did I not ever think of doing this before?

    I am bringing home a porter or 6 tomorrow and giving this a try. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks :) Let us know how it turns out!!

  2. You just made my husband a VERY happy man…forget visions of sugarplums dancing in his head, he has visions of beer syrup over ice cream, beer syrup on his breakfast pancakes…beer syrup smoothies!

    • Beer syrup smoothies… What a great idea! Enjoy :)

      • I won’t get a chance to try it…he will be swilling it from the bottle! That’s if I can actually get some of his beer in the first place to make it (prizing his fingers from it is the hardest bit! ;) )

  3. […] made a Beer Syrup for our Dilbert’s Dilemma cocktail, and it called to us piteously to use it again. Many […]


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