Brown Butter Spiced Ale

December 21, 2012
4 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
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. I recently made it using pumpkin ale and it's wonderful. —sdebrango

Test Kitchen Notes

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 (my new favorite is pumpkin ale)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Splash brandy (about 1 tablespoon) per glass
  • 1 Cinnamon stick for garnish
In This Recipe
  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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