How to Add Cheese to a Cocktail?

24th June 2024
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From the sharp and tangy kick of blue cheese to the salty bite of Parmesan, let's raise the glasses to the innovative world of cheese-infused cocktails. Forget the usual suspects in cocktail recipes – there's a fresh trend on the rise. It's cheese for drinks.

Some may already be fans of cheese in the cocktail. So, why not take it a step further and incorporate cheese directly into the individuals' libations? Soft and hard-aged cheeses are finding their way into cocktail glasses, but not every cheese is fit for mixing. So, how to choose the right one? 

With flavors and textures at stake, it’s crucial to choose wisely before adding any cheese to a cocktail shaker.

Learn About Italian Cheeses

Learn about Italian cheeses to add to cocktails to enhance the cocktail creations. Italian cheeses like Gorgonzola, Pecorino, and Parmigiano-Reggiano have various textures and flavors that can be creatively incorporated into cocktail drinks.

For example, a Martini Reggiano leverages the sharpness of Parmesan to create a bold and memorable cocktail experience.

Cheese Garnishes

The easiest way to add cheese to a cocktail is as a garnish. Hard cheeses like Pecorino or Parmesan can be shaved or grated over the top of the drink.

For a savory touch, soft cheeses like mozzarella or burrata can be skewered with olives or tomatoes. This approach enhances the visual appeal and adds a delightful crunch or creaminess to each sip.

Infused Spirits

Infusing spirits with cheese for drinks can create a unique base for your cocktails. For example, the Martini Reggiano from L'Abattoir features Parmesan and thyme-infused gin. 

Add cheese to a bottle of gin or vodka, let it infuse for several hours, then strain the solids. This method imparts a subtle, savory flavor to the drink. 

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Cheese Pairings

Consider pairing the drink with a cheese platter instead of mixing cheese directly into the cocktail. Choose cheeses that complement the cocktail's flavors.

For instance, a tangy blue cheese can pair beautifully with a sweet, fig-infused martini, as seen with the Blue Fig Martini from Chambar.

Cheese Cocktails

Some cocktails are designed with cheese in the cocktail as a central ingredient. The "You Feta Believe It" cocktail from Science & Industry in Manchester, England, incorporates feta-washed pisco.

This cocktail blends creamy cheese flavors with a refreshing grape shrub and balsamic glaze. These innovative drinks are perfect for cheese enthusiasts looking for a savory sip.

Cheers to Cheesy Creations: A Toast to Culinary Innovation

With the exploration of these cheese-infused cocktails, let's raise glasses to the endless possibilities. Having uncovered a world of flavor waiting to be explored, from the aromatic allure of Italian cheeses to the tantalizing garnishes and infused spirits, there’s plenty to savor. 

Whether opting for the simplicity of cheese garnishes or diving into the depths of cheese-infused spirits, each sip promises a journey of culinary delight.

So, when embarking on cocktail adventures, remember the lessons learned here. Choose the cheeses wisely, experiment with cheese in the cocktail, and savor every moment.

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