Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cheeseburger Martini

Like a deconstructed foodie dish, this cocktail incorporates cheeseburger flavors into a Bloody Mary-esque martini. The idea started when a fellow bartender brought up the cheeseburger shot: one shot each of tequila, tomato juice, and then pickle juice. I thought, "I bet I could make that drinkable in one glass..."

After experimenting with the basic shot, the pickle juice was overpowering and I thought the base needed something more burger-like. Enter Bakon vodka. With a bit of Worcestershire, it rounded out nicely into something reminiscent of a McDonald's basic cheeseburger. Like the Horseradish Beef Martini, it's probably not for everyone, but it's a fun gimmicky escape from the average martini.

I recommend a beer back as it helps meld the flavors and brings the yeasty flavor of the cheeseburger bun into the mix. :)

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Bakon Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Tomato Juice
  • Splash of Pickle Juice
  • 5 to 6 Drops of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Cube of Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Chill an up glass with crushed ice and water. Shake the liquid ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats. Strain into the glass. Garnish with the cube of cheese and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.