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Top 12 Smoked Cocktails to Try

Smoking cocktails add a whole new dimension to the art of mixology. This innovative technique involves infusing cocktails with aromatic smoke, elevating the drinking experience to a whole new level. The process typically involves using a smoking gun or a similar device to infuse the drink with flavors from various types of wood chips, herbs, or spices. The result is a tantalizing blend of smoky, savory, and sweet notes that can transform a regular cocktail into a truly extraordinary libation. If you’re someone who enjoys exploring new flavors and pushing the boundaries of traditional cocktail-making, smoked cocktails are definitely worth a try.

Smoked Old Fashioned

Smoked Old Fashioned
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This recipe gives the classic cocktail a smoky twist. A Smoked Old Fashioned goes through the smoking process three times, the final of which adds smoke to the glass creating a flashy display. Smoky flavors contrast the other notes in the cocktail, balancing out the sweet, spicy, and bitter tastes. 


The Smoked Cherry

The Smoked Cherry
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Despite the name of this cocktail, it doesn’t contain any cherries. The flavor of the fruit comes from cherry-flavored bitters that contrast sweet elements in the drink, like honey brandy and complexly sweet sage simple syrup. Smoke and citrus add even more depth to the sweet and savory notes. Cherry wood should be used for the smoking process to add more cherry notes.


Butter & Smoke

Butter & Smoke
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Another combination of bitters and bourbon, this cocktail has fresh and rich flavors. Smoking isn’t the only technique used in the recipe. The bourbon also goes through an infusion process with flavorful pumpkin butter. Incorporate smoke into your cocktail by lighting a thyme sprig and trapping smoke in the glass. 


Smoking Blackberry Sage Margarita

Smoking Blackberry Sage Margarita
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Try this complexly fruity cocktail to add the smoking effect without the smoky flavor. Fresh blackberries and sage add rich sweet, and herbal notes to the base of this drink. The smoky look of this margarita comes from dry ice, which creates impressive wisps of smoke. Just remember to wait until the ice has completely dissolved before drinking!  


Dragon’s Breath Cocktail

Dragon's Breath Cocktail
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Follow this recipe to make one of the most visually appealing smoking cocktails. Dragon’s Breath combines bourbon and Cointreau with a pleasantly complex herbal liqueur. Pour the cocktail into a smoke-filled brandy snifter and serve as the smoke billows up dramatically. This drink makes a strong first impression in terms of flavor and impact! 


Smoked Rosemary Blackberry Whiskey Sour

Smoked Rosemary Blackberry Whiskey Sour
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This spin on a Whiskey Sour uses fresh ingredients to enhance the flavors of the traditional cocktail. Blackberries add fruity sweetness and give the drink its dark color. The smoking aspect of this drink is the rosemary garnish placed in the center of the glass and torched! The simple recipe and smoking process make this an excellent option for making large batches.


Double Smoked Maple Old Fashioned

Double Smoked Maple Old Fashioned
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Another take on the traditional Old Fashioned, this recipe calls for real maple syrup to create the best combination of flavors. A double-smoking process adds robust, savory notes to the otherwise sweet cocktail. First, you’ll smoke bourbon into a decanter. Before serving, you’ll add another layer of smoke for flavor and a smoky look. 


Smoke and Spice Old Fashioned

Smoke and Spice Old Fashioned
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Follow this cocktail recipe for a savory and spicy take on this sweet classic. The smoky element comes from a brunt cinnamon stick garnish, as does the first layer of spice. More heat comes from chili bitters and the high-proof bourbon called for in this drink. Overall, this brings excellent balance with a punch of heat. 


Smoking Gun Vesper

Smoking Gun Vesper
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If you’re interested in smoking cocktails but don’t want to mess around with fire, try this classic cocktail with a unique garnish. This drink is boozy, incorporating dry gin and sweet vermouth. The main component, which adds the smoky element, is oak-smoked vodka. Garnish this drink with a small piece of smoked pork and citrus peel.


Smoked Whiskey Cocktail

Smoked Whiskey Cocktail
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The Smoked Whiskey Cocktail varies depending on the type of spirit you use in the cocktail. Try spicy rye or sweeter bourbon to change the character of the cocktail. The drink is balanced with spices, bitters, and maple syrup. In addition to a layer of smoke added to the top of the drink, this cocktail calls for liquid smoke, creating an intense smokiness.


Smoked Manhattan Cocktail

Smoked Manhattan Cocktail
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The majority of this cocktail recipe follows the same steps as a classic Manhattan. It calls for bourbon and sweet vermouth, contrasted by bitters. The smoking element comes in when preparing the garnishes. Smoke citrus peel and your choice of herbs, along with some smoking pellets, infusing robust flavors. 


Smoke on the Water

Smoke on the Water
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This recipe has a mix of fruity and savory flavors! Watermelon juice and hibiscus simple syrup bring contrasting notes to the smoky mezcal. Cointreau and lime juice add a refreshing burst of citrus. Finally, the smoke on the water is created by adding a flaming rosemary sprig to the top of the cocktail.


A Smoking Cocktail, elegantly served in a classic glass. This cocktail is notable for its mesmerizing smoke effect, achieved by using dry ice or a smoking gun. The drink itself has a deep, enigmatic color, hinting at a complex blend of spirits and flavors. It's garnished with a sprig of aromatic herb or a twist of citrus peel, adding to its mysterious allure. The setting is a dimly lit, sophisticated bar, with a backdrop of elegant barware and shelves filled with an array of premium spirits, creating an atmosphere of intrigue and luxury.

12 Smoking Cocktail Recipes

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
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Elevate your mixology skills and impress your guests with these smoky creations.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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