After the craft beer revolution there’s a new trend in beer land: Beer Cocktails. More and more bars and restaurants are serving beer cocktails; a drink where beer is mixed with spirits or juices. I’ve been on a beer cocktail trip organized by Mercure Hotels to learn all about this new trend. Every hotel bar of Mercure Hotels in the Netherlands and Belgium has a beer cocktail on their menu. We’ve tasted many different beer cocktails. On this page I’m sharing 6 beer cocktail recipes.
All the beer cocktails we tasted were made with local beers, so feel free to replace them with your own local beer!
1 Espresso Beertini
I have to admit that I came up with the name ‘Espresso Beertini’ myself. The waiter of Restaurant Taste! In the Mercure Hotel in Tilburg explained that it was a beer version of the Espresso Martini. So I thought this name is rather suiting. The Espresso Beertini consists of the quadrupel beer of Stadsbrouwerij 013 mixed with coffee and Frangelico.
It’s a great beer cocktail to pair with a dessert or to drink after dinner.
2 White Monk
The White Monk is a very refreshing beer cocktail, also created by Mercure Hotel Tilburg Centrum. It’s perfect for warm, sunny days. It reminded me a bit of Radler beer. The White Monk is made with La Trappe White. La Trappe is one of the few trappist breweries in the world and is located just outside the city center of Tilburg (you can easily bike there and take a tour at the monastery and beer brewery). No other trappist brewery in the world makes white beer, so the La Trappe Wit is the only white trappist beer in the world. For the White Monk beer cocktail you mix 100ml La Trappe Witte Trappist with 10ml fresh lime juice, 30ml Pulcinos Arancello (the orange version of limoncello) and 15ml ginger syrup.
The Amsterdamned is a beer cocktail from Mercure Hotel Amsterdam West. It’s made with white beer as well. My favorite white beer from Amsterdam is IJ Wit from Brouwerij ‘t IJ, but you can also use another local white beer.
Fill a tumbler with ice cubes. Fill half the glass with local white beer, add 40 ml of gin (Amsterdam also has local gins). Top it off with a bit of soda. Decorate with a slice of lemon or orange and mint for garnish.
The Campbieri is also an Amsterdam invention. It’s a great cooperation of Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City and Brouwerij ‘t IJ.
For the Campbieri you fill a long drink glass with ice cubes. Add 35 ml of Campari and 35 ml of Vodka. Top it off with white beer (for example the IJ Wit). Optionally you can top it off with a slice of orange.
The Beergarita from Mercure Hotel Amsterdam Centre Canal District is not for the faint-hearted, it’s pretty strong. The Beergarita has 4 different alcoholic beverages in it. Do you dare to try it?
Fill a glass with ice cubes. Add 30ml Blue Curacao, 30ml lime juice, 20ml tequila, 15ml triple sec, 60ml 7-up and top it off with Heineken.
Not only have the Mercure hotels in the Netherlands created beer cocktails, two Belgian hotels joined in too. The Kriojito is a combination of a Mojito and a Kriek beer and is the creation of Mercure Hotel Blankenberge.
Take a big cocktail glass, put in cane sugar, fresh mint leaves and lime juice. Crush the ingredients with. Muddler. Add 20ml Havana Rum. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Fill up slowly with the Belle-Vue Kriek beer. Add slices of lemon and mint for decoration.
Like making things with beer? Click here for the recipe of my beer battered tofu tacos.