Beer Smoothies & Summer Drinks

You heard me right. Beer in smoothies can be just the ticket for a refreshing summer drink. Why let the spirits mixologists have all the fun!?

Molly, KTVL & Ginger on air talking up Beer Smoothies

Molly, KTVL & Ginger on air talking up Beer Smoothies

Here are a few ideas and pointers in using beer in smoothies.

1. Like any smoothie, work together with complementary flavors. Use hearty chocolately stouts in ice cream based smoothies and shakes. Adding malted milk powder will enhance the body and echo the malty flavor contribution of the beer.

2. Add modest amounts of beer. A little goes a long way, so start with smaller quantities (a few tablespoons) and build as desired.

3. To avoid over-foaming, use ingredients that are in the same temperature range. Drastic differences between beers, the container you’re mixing in and other ingredients will cause some assertive carbonation release.

4. Do beer tastings in advance to find out what flavors in which beers stand out would serve you well in your smoothie and beer drinks adventures. Does it have a grapefruity crispness? Then use fresh citrus. Does it have a moderate malty sweetness? Then try lush fruits and vegetables with low acid attributes.

If you’ve never tried a beer smoothie, now’s the time. Having made both beer floats and beer malted milkshakes before, I can tell you it’s a fun and unexpected experience. Go on, get your smoothie on!

Go Here: Visit your local beer store and talk to the crew to help you pick out a few flavors of beer you wish to try.

Try This: Beer floats are classic: rich stouts with a scoop of coffee, chocolate, or vanilla ice cream are waiting. Deep stone fruit porters beg for a scoop of raspberry sorbets. Pour a grapefruity IPA over a dollop of lemon gelato.

This article originally appeared on Your Home with Karie Engels, where Ginger is her regular Beer Contributor. The article was inspired by Ginger’s time with Reporter Molly Trotter/KTVL talking about Smoothies

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In The Kitchen Series WEB & KTVL

What a ball! To work with a reporter interested in offering useful and enjoyable information about beer and food. Thanks to Molly Trotter, Reporter at KTVL Channel 10 for the engagement.

Molly & I In The Kitchen

Molly & I In The Kitchen

Here are our spots from earlier this week, In The Kitchen With Ginger, all made with beer:

The recipes are on the news channel website with the links. I hope you enjoy whipping one or more of them up for yourself.

I’d be remiss if I neglected to mention and thank Caitlin Conrad, another very able-bodied Reporter at KTVL for our first few segments together, as well as one segment with Jenica Villamor, Reporter. Kingsley Kelley, station General Manager, is due recongnition for his support and unfailing fun professionalism he brings to everyone who gets to meet him.

Enjoy the clips  – we’ll share more in the future, as they happen.

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