Pickled cherries, Belgian beer, and bitters makes a refreshing summer glass perfect to celebrate the end of the fruit’s season.
I learned this recipe from James and Tania after I shared this other refreshing beer cocktail recipe. They are both beer-aficionados,and Tania is also a bona fide life-style guru. Unfortunately, for all of us, they don’t have their own blog, just yet. Once they do, I will definitely introduce them to you again.
However, until then, we can keep celebrating with their recipe. Just so you know, this is NOT an advertising post. Kasteel Rouge Amber is recommended because it has cherry liquor blend, which go so well with the cherry. You can definitely experiment with any other beer, though I found that the taste would be less complex.
The complement of all the ingredients make this cocktail so refreshing, yet sophisticated. I hope you get to try it while cherries are still in season.
- 1-2 Belgian Beer, preferable Kasteel Rouge Amber
- 3-4 pitted pickled sweet cherries OR fresh cherries (Find the recipe for the pickled cherries in the link above)
- 1-2 fresh squeezed lime juice
- a few stems thyme
- dashes of traditional bitters, such as Angostura bitters
- Squeeze lime juice into a large pitcher. Add thyme and muddle until oils/flavors are released. Strain out the thyme and discard. Add cherries (leaving a few for garnish) and muddle until coarsely crushed and juices are released. Divide lime juice/cherry mixture into 4 chilled glasses. Top with beer, add a few dashes of bitters and garnish with a fresh cherry on top.