Monk's Dream (Boulevardier + Orange + Thyme)

Monk's Dream (Boulevardier + Orange + Thyme)

At This and That Kitchen, we are huge fans of both cocktails and well-crafted beer - and as a result, we have often tried to find ways to integrate our favorite beer styles into the cocktails we make. But despite all of those attempts, we never managed to create a cocktail incorporating beer that we were completely happy with - at least until now! The key for us was transforming the beer into a rich, flavorful beer reduction that concentrates the flavor and helps to prevent dilution (relative to just adding unaltered beer as an ingredient). For this cocktail, we made a beer reduction starting with one of our favorite beer styles - a Trappist quad - and adding in a few key ingredients - brown sugar, fresh thyme, and orange peel - to create a reduction that is the perfect balance of malty, sweet, herbal, and citrusy! We then combined this Trappist quad beer reduction with spicy rye whiskey, sweet/citrus-forward Amaro Montenegro, sweet vermouth and a dash of orange bitters to create a unique variation on the classic Boulevardier that we absolutely love! If you - like us! - have been curious but skeptical about incorporating one of your favorite beer styles into a cocktail, you should definitely give this recipe a try - we know you’ll love it as much as we do!


For Cocktail:

  • 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey

  • 1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro

  • 1/2 oz Trappist quad beer reduction (see recipe below)

  • 1 oz sweet vermouth

  • 1 dash orange bitters

  • Dried orange slice and fresh thyme (for garnish)

For Trappist Quad Beer Reduction:

  • 1 cup Trappist quad beer

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme

  • Peel of 1/4 of an orange


  1. To make Trappist quad beer reduction, pour Trappist quad beer into a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer. Add brown sugar, thyme, and orange peel and simmer for 15 minutes (or until the volume of the mixture has reduced by about half), stirring periodically to dissolve the sugar and prevent burning. Let the reduction cool completely, strain out the thyme and orange peel, transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate.

  2. Combine rye whiskey, Amaro Montenegro, Trappist quad beer reduction, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters in a mixing glass and fill with ice.

  3. Stir and strain into an old-fashioned glass over a large ice cube and garnish with a dried orange slice and fresh thyme.

  4. Enjoy!