Benedict's Garden, a beer tale

While weather continues to be scorchingly hot it seemed the right time for me to try out some new cocktails. beer cocktails to be exact. they've been a subject of a lot of debate, especially in Belgium. We're very proud of our beers and have an immense beer heritage. Then you could think why should you have to combine our great beers in a cocktail? Well, first of all, because I can. And secondly because I'm always looking for combinations that I haven't tried yet.
So, what beer am I combining and what cocktail am I creating? Well I wanted to use a legendary Belgian beer, the Westmalle Tripel. Westmalle is an iconic beer brewed by Trappist (Benedict) monks. There are only a few Trappist beers in the world, this is definitely one of the best known ones. The beer has a nice bitter flavor with hints of fruit (mango an a bit of banana).

Did you know that there are only 11 beers that have the label "authentic trappist product" in the whole world? 6 Of which are located in Belgium (the others are located in Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, USA and France). These beers are each very complex and a must try for any beerlover. You can find more info about the Trappist beers on the website.

With the world hyping over Vermouth I decided to mix the beer with a white sweet vermouth. That way you get a great contrast, call it a bittersweet symphony (love that song). 

How do you make this cocktail? Just fill a tumbler glass with ice. Then add the vermouth and top it off with the Westmalle Tripel. Make sure to stir the content gently. Then add a garnish of rosemary, lavendar and mango. 

Benedict's Garden:
- 5 Cl White Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
- Fresh rosemary
- Fresh lavender
- Slice of Mango
- Ice

The combination is a nice summer cocktail that is refreshing to say the least. Want something different than a beer? Try this one out, and let me know what you think ;-)

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