Recipe: Viking's Beer Cheese Soup & Oceania's Big "O" Martini

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January is National Soup month! In celebration mix up a cold Big "O" Martini from Oceania Cruises, and make a warm comfort meal from Viking — Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup.

Big "O" Martini — Oceania Cruises


  • 2 ½ oz. Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka
  • ½ oz. Cointreau
  • ½ oz. orange juice
  • ½ oz. cranberry juice
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Orange slice for garnish


  • Pour the vodka, Cointreau, orange juice and cranberry juice over ice into a cocktail shaker, strain into a martini glass and top with a splash of lime juice.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and serve.

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup — Viking


  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions, finely diced
  • 4 celery ribs, finely diced
  • 4 medium carrots, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, roasted and mashed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 12-oz bottle bock beer
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 16 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 16 oz white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt to taste


  • 1½ tbsp chives, chopped
  • ½ cup popped popcorn, dusted with salt and pepper


  • In a large pot over medium-low heat, cook butter, onions, celery, carrot, and garlic until softened.
  • Add flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Increase heat to medium, stir in beer and broth, bring to a boil and cook until slightly thickened.
  • Add thyme, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, paprika, mustard, and cream.
  • Add cheese slowly, stirring constantly, until incorporated.
  • Remove from heat; remove bay leaf.
  • Garnish with chives and popcorn just before serving.

Serves 16.



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Tasty Tuesday: Viking's Viennese Hot Chocolate & Oceania's Chocolate Roulade

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