Photo Credit: Courtesy of Beecher's
The line between cocktails and snacks seems to be getting blurrier and blurrier in the hands of intrepid mixologists and brewmasters. Savory ingredients are nothing new in the cocktail world (the Bloody Mary and the beefy Bull Shot are perfect examples), but many bartenders are taking it a step further and turning to farmers' markets, kitchen pantries, candy counters and bakeries for inspiration.
These food-flavored sippables range from fanciful and fantastic to pretty out-there (we're looking at you, McNuggetini). Here's a look at some of the wildest libations we've come across.
Beecher's, a cheese shop with locations in Seattle and New York City has taken their infatuation with all things cheesy to the next level with an unlikely but intriguing cocktail. Food site The Daily Meal hipped us to Beecher's Grilled Cheese Martini (pictured above). Bartenders muddle grilled cheese-infused vodka with fresh tomatoes and basil, then strain the cocktail into a martini glass rimmed with sticky-sweet reduced balsamic vinegar and crunchy pieces of prosciutto.
Tomatoes and spirits must be a natural pairing, because Flor de Caña, a rum maker from Nicaragua, used the BLT as inspiration for another sandwich-inspired cocktail. In honor of National Sandwich Day, Flor de Caña teamed up with mixologist Niccole Trzaska to create a drink that's a cross between a Bloody Mary and a BLT. The rum-based cocktail is garnished with a cool slice of avocado to counter the concoction's sharp flavor of horseradish. Check out the recipe on Delish.
YouTube sensations Alie and Georgia became an instant Internet sensation back in 2009 with the birth of their infamous McNuggetini, a vanilla vodka-spiked chocolate milkshake served in a barbecue sauce-rimmed glass and garnished with a chicken nugget. But Alie's and Georgia's foray into the world of savory cocktails goes way beyond the McNuggetini, check out their site for other hilarious how-to videos for a Ham Daiquiri, Bloody Bacon and Cheese and Peanut Butter and Jealous cocktails.
On the sweeter end of things, Epicurious has molecular mixologist extraordinaire Eban Freeman mixing up a Bazooka, a frothy bubblegum-infused vodka shaken with house-made sour mix to cut some of that Double Bubbly sweetness.
This trend is also spreading to the beer world. Beer generally tends to be bitter and crisp but Banana Bread Beer from Wells and Young's, a British brewer, has the lightly sweet notes of dark banana bread in ale form.
Rio Grande & Sierra Blanca Brewing Company has another curious beer, Pancho Verde Chili Cerveza, an award-winning beer brewed with whole roasted green chiles that's mild going down with just a hint of heat at the end.