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Have Your Cheese and Drink It, Too


We love our cheese when it’s cubed, shredded, melted, baked, and grilled. But what about liquified? For most cheese eaters, consuming your favorite cheeses in drinkable form may not be something you do on a day-to-day basis. However, the textures and flavors of cheese make it a premium ingredient for mixing into sweet and savory drink recipes. So whether you blend it or distill it, consider using cheese in your next smoothie, milkshake, or cocktail!

Smoothies:

Cheese can be a fantastic source of protein and calcium, so including cheese in your early morning routine makes perfect sense. Start your day off the right way with a healthy breakfast that will help to keep you going hours.

This roasted strawberry cheesecake smoothie recipe has all of our favorite flavors, and it’s made with protein-packed cottage cheese. Not a fan of cottage cheese’s lumpy texture? By the time this smoothie is blended together, you’ll never even know that it’s there.

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Photo Credit: prevention.com

Ricotta adds a rich creaminess to this vibrant beet-ricotta smoothie, which is not only delicious but heart healthy, too!

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Photo Credit: thehealthyfoodie.com

Whoever said that chocolate wasn’t a breakfast food clearly never tried this caramelized pear, chocolate, and goat cheese smoothie. The slight tang of the goat cheese helps to balance the sweetness of dark cocoa powder and pears.

Cocktails:

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Photo Credit: 101cookbooks.com

Add crumbles of feta to this refreshing yellow tomato Bloody Mary to compliment the fragrant flavor of dried oregano.

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Photo Credit: chicagoreader.com

Through a unique distilling process, chef de cuisine Micah Melton at The Aviary restaurant in Chicago combined Primo Taglio chevre and blueberries in this delicate looking “anti-blueberry smoothie” cocktail.

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Photo Credit: nytimes.com

Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup are a classic dinner combo, and now this grilled cheese and tomato soup martini combines those flavors into cocktail form! At Clive’s in Victoria, British Colombia, they make a mean grilled cheese rum by soaking real sandwiches in a rum bath, thereby infusing the “toastie” flavors into alcohol.

Milkshakes:

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Photo Credit: seriouseats.com

Goat cheese has such a versatile flavor that it blends perfectly into fig, black pepper, and goat cheese milkshakes. This recipe is wonderful those who prefer a subtle sweetness to their desserts.

Mascarpone cheese adds luscious freshness to this coconut and chocolate syrup milkshake.

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Photo Credit: tasteofhome.com

Bright and tart, this creamy lemon drop milkshake uses cream cheese to give the dessert a rich flavor that is far from being sour.

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Emily Dangler

Culture Intern Emily Dangler is a creative writer and travel enthusiast, who is always looking for a good story to tell. Originally a West Coast girl, Emily has spent several years migrating across the country and is currently an adopted resident of Boston, where she is enjoying the city's delicious food and rich history.