The Forge's Hopping Berry

An easy beer cocktail with fresh fruit. [Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

This drink, chilled down with a bottle of Duvel, will knock a couple of degrees off a hot day's temperature. Justin Maas of The Forge in Miami Beach mixes fresh berries with Nolet's gin, a peachy rose-scented version of the spirit that's light on the juniper. The crisp Belgian beer keeps this cocktail from slipping into the "too sweet" category. Instead, the drink has a sophisticated edge—more concert in the park than family picnic full of romping toddlers and teens.

Note: Bordeaux cherries are available online from Oregon Cherry Growers Inc. To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

The Forge's Hopping Berry

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:Cocktail glass, cocktail shaker, muddler, fine mesh strainer
This recipe appears in: Beer Cocktails: The Hopping Berry


  • 6 blueberries
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 Bordeaux cherry (see note above)
  • 1 1/2 ounces Nolet's Gin
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 ounces Duvel Belgian Golden Ale
  • Additional mixed berries, for garnish


  1. 1

    Chill cocktail glass by filling with ice water.

  2. 2

    Add blueberries, strawberries, and cherry to a cocktail shaker and muddle until broken up. Add gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice and fill shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

  3. 3

    Empty cocktail glass. Fine-strain cocktail into chilled glass, pressing on fruit in strainer to extract any remaining juices. Top with Duvel. Garnish with additional berries on a skewer and serve.


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