Friday, July 29, 2011
GRILLED CHEESE MARTINI
First of all, this is not just some after bar hours hair-brained drunken product of a bunch of bartenders. This is an after bar hours hair-brained drunken product of Shawn Soole at Clive’s, a bar in Victoria, British Columbia. The man hailing from Brisbane, Australia has concocted a cocktail called a “Cold night in”. It’s basically like a drunk snack inside ofÂ alcoholicÂ beverage. Cool!?
“Soole starts with his own batch of grilled cheese, dark rum, viscous Mt. Gay washed overnight with a real-live grilled cheese sandwich, a seeping process to extract essential flavours 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 flavours 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.”
Sold, I’ll have a sandwich please, on the rocks. Stirred, preferably.