Food Pairing Friday: Great Juju + Vanilla Ice Cream

Greetings! I’ve called you all together on this beautiful spring day to tell you all about a fun food pairing I did Monday night with honorary Barley Babe, Cooke.

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If you know me at all, you know that I love ginger. Doesn’t matter what form it comes in, I LOVE IT. We’ve talked about the Good Juju before, Left Hand’s ginger spice ale, and how much we freakin’ love it! So when I stopped by Vintage Cellar on Monday and saw Great Juju sitting on the shelf, I immediately picked it up for after dinner.

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The Great Juju is an imperial version of the Good Juju; basically it’s higher in alcohol (7.2% vs. 4.5%) and has A LOT A LOT A LOT of ginger spice and flavor. I feel like the extra ginger made this brew have a little more body than the original version; it was almost thick with ginger. It’s spicy, yeasty, and has just a few hints of caramel. The addition of candied ginger helps to sweeten this brew, and take some of the heat off the spice.

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After my first few sips of the Great Juju, I couldn’t stop thinking about reducing it down and pouring it on top of the last of my vanilla ice cream. So that’s what I did, damnit! This was my first attempt at making a beer sauce, but over all I think it was a success! I started by heating a skillet to medium heat, and once warmed, I added about a cup of beer.

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Stirring every so often, I cooked the beer for about 10 minutes. We added a little bit of sugar about half way through to thicken it up, stirring as we added. I’m no expert, but once the sauce coats your spoon, it’s ready.

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We poured it over the vanilla ice cream and SPLADOW we had a summery treat that felt just a lil fancy. The ice cream complemented the slightly toasty ginger/sugar flavor. Think candied ginger marshmallow…..I know…I know…..it is amazing as it sounds.

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My annoyed model 😉

So yeah! This is a super simple method that you can use with any beer. Next time I think I may try a chocolate stout with a higher abv…or maybe a barleywine. Whatever I decide, you guys will be the first to know, of course!

Until next time you filthy animals

-Mads

 

 

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