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Craft Beer “Caram-Ale” Caramel Sauce

Chef Emily Ellyn’s Craft Beer “Caram-Ale” Sauce is the most decadent and luscious caramel sauce you’ll find, and it’s crafted from beer!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield:  Approximately 3; 8-ounce jars



  • 1 (12-ounce) can 3 Daughter’s Brewing St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale
  • Zest of 1/2 orange, in large strips
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt


Bring the ale, orange zest, and ground cardamom to a gentle boil in a 2-quart saucier or 2-quart saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Add the butter and brown sugar and cook, stirring only if the mixture looks like it might boil over, until thick and syrupy, about 10 minutes.

Slowly stir in the cream and cook until the sauce thickens about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, remove zest with tongs and stir in the vanilla and salt.

Let the caramel cool slightly, top beignets with or transfer to ramekins and serve alongside beignets or sliced apples as a delicious dip.

Extra sauce will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.