Cocktail Inspo: Blue Cheese Savory Cocktail Recipes

Our tastes are changing. Bar orders that were once filled with sweet and fruity tipples are slowly being swapped out for their savoury counterparts. So why not ditch the cinnamon for something more experimental at home too? Especially if you’re trying to impress that special someone this cuffing season, or you have the family over this Christmas, you need to produce a cocktail that’s more of a talking point. Lucky for you we’ve heard from TV Presenter and drinks expert Aidy Smith who’s lined up four versions of traditional drinks which feature Stilton. Yep, you read that right – savoury cheese cocktails for the win. Read on for all four of Aidy’s cocktail recipes or skip to the one you like the sound of via the links below. We’ve even included talking points for each cocktail so you can truly sound like you know what you’re talking about in front of that special date. You. Are. Welcome.

1. Blue Maple, a twist on the Old Fashioned

Introducing the ‘Blue Maple’ or variation of said title. A twist on the Old Fashioned using a few more ingredients to balance out the blue cheese.

blue stilton cocktail


  • 60ml Bourbon (1912 blue cheese fat wash with Whistle Pig 10-Year-Old)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 dashes Angustora bitters
  • 2 dashes of chocolate bitters
  • Orange peel for garnish


  1. Add all ingredients to a Boston glass with ice and stir for 60 seconds until chilled.
  2. Fine-strain ingredients into a tumbler filled with ice and garnish with some orange peel.

2. Festive Martini Garnished with Stilton Stuffed Olive

festive martini


  • 70ml of Quality Vodka or Gin
  • Rinse of Sweet Red Vermouth*
  • Lemon Twist
  • Stilton stuffed olive for garnish
  • 1912 Stilton
  • Fresh olives

*a rinse is where you put a splash of vermouth in the glass, rinse it around and throw it away


  1. Rinse your martini glass with vermouth and rub the essential oils from your lemon peel garnish around the rim and stem of the glass.
  2. Fill a mixing glass 3⁄4 of the way with ice and pour your vodka or gin in.
  3. Stir gently for around 40-60 seconds until you reach an ice-cold temperature.
  4. Garnish with your 1912 blue cheese stuffed olive.
  5. If you want to make your martini dirty (weehey), just add 5-20ml of olive brine/juice depending on how dirty you like it. To make the garnish, stuff some of your 1912 Stilton into a couple of olives, skewer with a cocktail stick (metal preferred) and place over your glass.

Talking Point

The creaminess of a good quality vodka or aromatic botanicals from the gin work perfectly
with the creamy savoury notes of the stilton stuffed olive. Your lemon peel garnish and aroma
will bring out a vibrant zesty note which elevates the sensory elements of the experience.

3. Figgy Gin Sour with Stilton Stuffed Fig


  • 50ml Gin
  • 20ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp of Fig Jam
  • 10ml of Strawberry or Raspberry Syrup
  • 1 Egg White or 30ml of Vegan Aquafaba
  • Stilton stuffed fig for garnish
  • 1912 Stilton
  • Fresh figs


  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Dry shake (with no ice) for around 30-40 seconds to incorporate the egg white and then wet shake (with ice) until chilled.
  3. Double strain into your coupe glass ensuring the creamy texture sits on top of the drink for visuals and taste!
  4. Pop on your Stilton stuffed fig and enjoy!

Talking Point

The sweet fig and berry flavours of this gin sour work wonders with a salty-sweet stilton
stuffed fig. Sweet ripe berries, figs and blue cheese have always been a match made in
heaven, making this serve the perfect way to enjoy all three at once.

4. Bloody Mary with Stilton celery


Heads up, this one serves 4 people.

  • 200ml Quality vodka
  • 1.5L of Quality Tomato Juice
  • 100ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 6 tsp salt
  • 6 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 12 Dashes of Hot Sauce
  • Stilton celery garnish
  • 1912 Stilton
  • Celery sticks


  1. Pour all your ingredients into a large jug and mix well so you can shake in batches.
  2. Take the large side of your cocktail shaker fill it 3⁄4 with ice and do the same with your Bloody Mary
  3. Shake until chilled and fine strain into your glass before adding the garnish.
  4. Make sure to stir the jug each time you shake more mixture to incorporate the flavours!
  5. For the garnish, grab a spoon and stuff the crevice in the celery sticks full with Stilton!
  6. Pop in your glass & enjoy.

Talking Point

Savoury cocktails scream for a blue cheese garnish. The ripe tomato, earthy celery and creamy
stilton flavours are the perfect cocktail marriage. A sumptuous snack paired with one of the
most iconic drinks in the world. Top tip: If you like it spicy, just add more hot sauce and a pinch
of chilli seeds!

And there you have it, four incredible savoury cocktail recipes that you can make this Christmas and look like an absolute catch.


Team Nonchalant x

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This article was written by one of our creative team writers here at Nonchalant Magazine.

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