beer and orange scones, golden and flavoured with orange and sage

Quick and Easy Beer Scones

Here’s how to turn an ordinary scone into an exceptional one with just a ‘lil ale help.

You may love to crack a cold one but we reckon you will be buying beer especially to create these beer scones before long.

The scones are light and full of flavour and so easy to make. We have flavoured them with a great IPA, some orange juice, sharp cheese and fresh sage. We know you will eat more than one!

I made these at the 2019 GABS Beer Fest and they were a hit paired with sweet chilli prawns. We also love to serve them with whipped butter or alongside a sharp cheddar on a cheese board.

Beer Scones with a hint of orange

Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine global
Keyword scone
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 scones


  • 4 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh sage chopped
  • 1 cup tasty cheese grated
  • 115 g butter melted
  • 340 ml bottle beer I used Moa Mandarin IPA
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 oranges zested
  • Juice from 2 oranges
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika



  1. Preheat oven to 180. In a bowl stir together the flour, sage and the cheese.

    Fold in melted butter, orange zest and juice from oranges along with the beer. 

    Stir just until combined.

  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface. Pat down into a 3cm height disc. Using a round biscuit cutter, cut scones out. Continue to pat down and cut remaining dough. Place scones on an ungreased baking sheet.

  3. Brush scones with milk and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.

Recipe Notes

Add the beer at the end. You may not need the full amount. It will of course depend on how much orange juice you have. Once you add in the beer and you start to get a lovely wet looking dough - stop adding and get on with the rest of the recipe 🙂

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