Brown Butter Spiced Ale

By • December 21, 2012 • 23 Comments



Author Notes: I love hot toddies, especially hot buttered rum. This is a twist on that delicious drink using ale, a splash of brandy, browned butter and spices.sdebrango

Food52 Review: Flavorful and rich, creamy and warming, sweet and spiced just enough to mellow the bitterness of ale, this drink is a special treat. The splash of brandy definitely adds a wonderfully boozy touch. Sipping this drink will give you that warm cozy felling on chilly winter days. Kukla

Serves 2

  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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8 months ago Chris Van Houten

Oh wow- this was rich and delicious! I used Metropolitan Brewing Company's Hibernation Ale and bourbon in place of brandy because I didn't have brandy in the cabinet. Warming and satisfying! The whole time I thought about Harry Potter and friends drinking "Butterbeer" and wondered if it tasted anything like this :)

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8 months ago sdebrango

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Hmmm I'll have to try that ale and also some bourbon, I think that would be wonderful. Thank you so much Chris, so glad you liked!Happy Holidays.

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8 months ago Chris Van Houten

Oops- my bad. Hibernation Ale is from Great Divide Brewing Co, not Metropolitan! Either way, the recipe was excellent!

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8 months ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much for letting me know. Glad you told me local beer purveyor will try to find if he doesn't have it in stock. Thanks again,

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9 months ago Mae

I have to be honest, I didn't like this very much at all. It was very bitter, which was disappointing because it sounded so good! I used New Castle and E&J Brandy. The brown sugar melted into a hard sticky clump. Maybe I cooked it for too long, or maybe it's supposed to do that, and the flavor is just not for me.

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9 months ago sdebrango

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Thanks Mae, I am sure this drink is not for everyone. I think it depends on the Ale used and you could have to tweak the amount of brown sugar adjusting to personal taste. I am very sorry you didn't like this drink.

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9 months ago Mae

Ok, so I tried this again with some modifications, and it turned out great! Aside from using a different ale, I didn't brown the butter (just melted in a saucepan), and then mixed in all the sugar and spices, including a tablespoon of coco powder. Also, I didn't heat the beer. When I poured it all into the beer (along with the brandy) it did this really cool bubbly thing, before erupting like a volcano! But then it settled down, and now it tastes great.

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9 months ago sdebrango

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I also made it before without browning the butter, the first time I made it the ale wasn't right and it was bitter. When I switched it was ok. I am so glad you gave it another try and that it turned out well. Thank you!

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9 months ago Nancy Charlton

Isn't this wassail? Hot mulled ale? Perhaps, though, wassail has some cider, and if served in a punch bowl, baked or roasted apples. "When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl/ And Dick the shepherd blows his nail..."
I'm glad to have a recipe and a method for making a single mug at a time. Thank you.

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9 months ago sdebrango

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I don't know, have never had wassail but will have to look it up. It's great making one mug at a time. Thank you so much!

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over 1 year ago MnCampCook

I made this with a vanilla porter, it was fabulous. Reminded me of Christmas pudding only it's in a glass. Will definitely be doing this again.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Oh I love the idea of using vanilla porter. I am going to have to try that myself. Thank you so much for trying the recipe and the tip on the porter use. I love it!

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over 1 year ago BoulderGalinTokyo

Wonderful smells coming from the kitchen! Thanks for a great recipe!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, really appreciate that you are giving this a try!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

This looks and sounds amazing!!! Merry Christmas!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much Pat and Merry Christmas to you and your family also!

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over 1 year ago Kukla

I made it Suzanne, and it was very, very tasty! My granddaughter came over yesterday and both of us enjoyed your drink. I had it with brandy but into my granddaughter’s glass I dropped a square of semisweet chocolate, while it was still hot and when it melted, I took a sip and it was even more delicious. By the way, nutmeg is mentioned in the recipe twice.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much Kukla, I can't tell you how much I appreciate the feedback. Adding chocolate is brilliant. Next time I make it I am going to try that. Thank you again!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Oh and thank you for the heads up on the double nutmeg. I fixed it immediately.

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over 1 year ago Kukla

I like warm boozy drinks with spices, especially when the weather is cool. While I still have a good Indian Pale Ale and all the spices, I am going to make your drink Suzanne tonight.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much Kukla, I would love to hear what you think if you make it. I think the Indian Pale ale will be great in it.

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over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

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Nicely done! I bet the bitterness of the ale works really well with the spices and sweet.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much, yes the bitterness is softened with both the spice and sweet. I had a hard time with beer since i really like it cold, but this drink really works.