The Grilled Cheese Cocktail

I like cocktails. I like grilled cheese sandwiches. However, I’m not sure if I can endorse the grilled cheese inspired cocktail that bartender Shawn Sole has created. Sole’s creation, the Cold Night In, draws inspiration from the taste of a grilled cheese and a bowl of tomato soup and is available at the bar Clive’s in Victoria, British Columbia. According to the New York Times:

Soole starts with his own batch of “grilled cheese rum” — dark, viscous Mt. Gay “washed” overnight with a real-live grilled cheese sandwich, a seeping process to extract essential flavors and infuse them into the rum, before adding fresh-muddled tomato and basil, salt, Lillet Blanc and Glenfiddich Scotch whiskey. The effect is extraordinary: the grilled cheese rum leaps off the palate with flavors of cheddar, bread and butter, mingled with a dark sweetness, while the Lillet Blanc prevents the texture from veering into Bloody Mary territory. Topping the cocktail off with a drop of Glenfiddich adds a hint of off-the-grill smoke and evokes sipping, grilling and dunking.

Check out the whole article over at the Times‘ website, and if you’re ever in Victoria, try one and let me know how it is.

About Michael Darling
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