THE GRILLED CHEESE AND TOMATO SOUP MARTINI... (SHAKEN, OR STIRRED?)
A place called Clive's in Victoria, British Columbia features a bartender from Brisbane, Australia, and one of his creations is a Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Martini.
He starts with his own batch of "grilled cheese rum" - dark, viscous Mt. Gay "washed" overnight with a real-live grilled cheese sandwich.... to extract essential flavors and infuse them into the rum. He adds fresh-muddled tomato and basil, salt, Lillet Blanc and Glenfiddich Scotch whiskey.
According to a taste test: 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.