Smoking a cocktail isn't just for the professionals. The process is less complicated than you'd think, and with the right tools and some practice, you too can create a smoky cocktail right in the comfort of your kitchen. Let's learn how to make smoked cocktails, and then put your skills to the test with five tasty recipes to try.
There are five different ways to smoke a cocktail ranging from using smoked ice cubes to a directly infusing a cocktail — you've got options. No matter the process you choose, the results are aesthetically pleasing, easy to complete, and delicious.
Coat the glass with smoke.
A more simple way to learn how to make smoked cocktails is to coat the inside of the glass with the smoky flavor. This technique only requires one glass; all you do is fill an inverted bar glass with smoke. You can use oak smoking chips or use a oak smoking coaster.
Turn it rightside up and let it stand for a few minutes, with the smoking coaster or a piece of paper on top. Once your drink is prepared, immediately add the cocktail to your smoky glass. This will add a boost of flavor and ultimately transform your cocktail. Drink the cocktail immediately while the glass is still smoking.
Smoke your garnish.
Smoking garnishes, fruits, and herbs are all possibilities to add a bit of flavor to your cocktails without completely infusing your cocktail with smoke. Let's start with a way to smoke your garnish: you simply light your garnish on fire, and then blow the fire out after it has created a smoky and unique smell. You should do this just before you serve the drink.
Smoked fruit is generally more of a visual display for most bartenders to incorporate, but it will still add a bit of unique flavor as well. Affecting the taste and the appearance, your drink will simply need a piece or two of smoked fruit to effectively use this technique.
And finally, smoked herbs can be added to the smoking tray your glass is placed on. A subtle yet effective technique, the smoked herb will affect the taste and smell of the drink, adding a homey campfire smell with staves or wood chips.
Utilize a smoking dome.
A smoking dome is another great tool to use when learning how to make smoked cocktails. This smoking dome comes complete with a handheld torch. Place an already-made drink inside of the glass dome and use the torch to light the barrel aged smoking chips filling the dome and your drink, with smoky flavors. With this great tool you can easily add depth and complexity to some of your favorite cocktails, it only takes a few steps to create that authentic wood smoke taste and smell.
Perfect for parties and even better for behind the bar, the view of the swirling smoke is entertaining on its own. You will have some fun preparing your drink and tasting the flavors added by these easy new steps.
Smoked Cocktail Recipes Your Friends Will be Talking About for Weeks.
Because it's such a timeless cocktail, the Smoked Manhattan is, of course, the first of our recipes. When learning how to make smoked cocktails, we hope that you will resort to a classic like this for your first shot. You'll need two parts rye, one part sweet vermouth, and two dashes of cocktail bitters—all the components that make a Manhattan a Manhattan.
There are only three easy steps in this recipe by Be Spoke Post. First, pour the rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass with ice. Stir the mixture and pour into a smoked-filled jar, prepared using our first technique. Agitate for about 30 seconds to a minute, and let the mixture sit for three minutes. Finally, pour into an Old Fashioned glass, and garnish with a cherry, if you please.
Smoked Bloody Mary
Another recipe by Be Spoke Post, a Smoked Bloody Mary is not everyone's cup of tea, but if you're a fan of the red drink, you'll have to try it smoked as well. With three parts vodka, six parts tomato juice, one part lemon juice, and a dash of Tabasco, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce, the preparation is simple for a unique twist on one of the best brunch cocktails.
First, infuse a glass with smoke and add your Tabasco, Worcestershire, and salt and pepper into a separate desired mixing glass. Then, the tomato juice, lemon juice, and vodka should be stirred together thoroughly. Finally, pour the mixture into your smoke filled glass, and you're ready to enjoy.
Smoking Cinnamon Cocktail
A smoking cinnamon cocktail is one of the better drinks to learn how to make smoked cocktails for, especially if you love a unique taste. You'll need a stick of cinnamon, one ounce of aged rum, one ounce of pineapple juice, and 1/4 of Punt e Mes, Batavia Arrack, and rich simple syrup.
Combine all the ingredients aside from the cinnamon stick in a shaker with ice. Shake the mixture, and light a stick of cinnamon until it begins to smolder on one end. Place the stick on a plate and cover with a coupe glass. Strain the drink into your glass, and you're ready to serve. A great recipe by Imbibe Magazine, the cocktail is one worth trying for the presentation alone.
Dragon's Breath just sounds fun, doesn't it? Another great smoked cocktail, we couldn't forget to add this to our list. If you have two ounces of bourbon and one teaspoon of St. Germain, simple syrup, and Cointreau, you're only three steps away from completing the recipe.
First, use your smoking gun to fill a glass with smoke, turning the glass over to trap the smoke with a coaster. Place ice cubes in a bar shaker, and begin your cocktail mixture. Add bourbon, St. Germain, Cointreau, and syrup to your shaker and stir rapidly. This step should last about 20 seconds. Finally, uncover the smoked glass and strain the cocktail into it to be served immediately. A great recipe by Barbecue Bible, this cocktail will certainly live up to its name each time.
To complete your class on how to make smoked cocktails, let's end with what I consider to be one of the best martini variations: a smoky martini. According to yet another recipe by Barbecue Bible, you'll need two ounces of your best gin, one ounce of dry white vermouth, one cup of ice cubes, and a strip of lemon zest.
Fortified with smoke, your martini will begin with a chilled martini glass. Combine your gin, vermouth, ice, and some smoke in a shaker glass. Stir and strain into a martini glass. Release the oils of the lemon zest into the martini, and finally, the best part: light a match and hold it under the zest, dropping it into the martini to be served immediately.