After a long day of gardening, there’s nothing like kicking back with a cold…beer popsicle? Well, maybe that’s not your current go-to after a sweat session, but this one definitely should be.
Hear us out: While beer may not be your typical "healthy" popsicle ingredient, a little bit may have a small positive impact on the body after strenuous physical activity, especially when it's combined with other healthy ingredients. That's because when you workout, especially in the summer, your body loses electrolytes via sweat and burns through your carbohydrate stores to power your muscles. But happily, beer contains both electrolytes and carbs.
Of course, it also contains alcohol, which is dehydrating. That's why in this popsicle recipe we've buffered it with other ingredients that are rich in electrolytes and healthy carbs including fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, honey, and a bit of salt. Vitamin C, an antioxidant present in grapefruit juice, has also been shown to reduce muscle soreness after workouts. (Here are 5 ways to eat more immune boosting vitamin C.)
Plus, even if you have no plans to physically tax yourself, these suckers are ice cold and just plain delicious—a combo anyone can get behind on a hot summer day. Here's how to make them:
1 medium grapefruit
1 tablespoon honey
12 ounces beer of choice (summer ale, pilsner, and IPA all work)
Pinch of unrefined mineral salt (optional, for added electrolytes)
1) Squeeze the juice from one grapefruit into a medium-sized bowl. Add honey to the bowl and whisk with a fork until it dissolves in the juice.
2) Slowly add the beer to the bowl (you don’t want it to fizz too much!), add the salt, and stir all ingredients to combine.
3) Pour liquid mixture into popsicle molds, leaving a bit of room at the top to account for expansion (I used these BPA-free molds, but this stainless steel option is even better) and freeze for at least 3 hours.
Before I poured this mixture of beer, grapefruit, honey, and salt into the actual popsicle molds, I tasted it to make sure the flavors where on point—and they certainly were. Why haven’t we been making more beer cocktails?! The zing of the grapefruit perfectly complements the citrus notes in the beer while the honey buffers the tartness and morphs this into one perfectly sippable, bubbly, and refreshing drink.
If you want to go the shandy route, simply pour the mixture into two glasses over ice and garnish with a grapefruit or lemon slice.
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