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The 6 Best Cocktail Smokers of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

Impress your guests by creating smoky spirits with these top picks.

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Best Cocktail Smokers

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Smoking a cocktail was once a trick limited to fancy bars with mixologists who like to put on a show. You can still find smoked cocktails in these establishments, but nowadays, it’s also something you can do at home. 

Cocktail smokers can be easy and affordable or complicated and expensive, but the basic idea behind them is simple. You put some kind of combustible wood chip or sawdust into the device, light it, and allow the smoke to infuse your drink, usually after putting it into a box or underneath a dome. You can smoke a simple glass of whiskey, a classic drink like an Old Fashioned, or any other cocktail you can think of. The result depends on what type of wood you’re burning and for how long, but it can often add layers of savory flavors to your drink of choice. 

Because there are so many different types of smoking tools and kits available right now, we're here to help break down the best in the market. We've carefully home-tested the top brands and have selected our favorites. Some of the attributes in which we rated each item include the ease of use, the quality of materials, the effectiveness and result of the smoker, and the overall value.

Best Overall

Breville Smoking Gun Food Smoker

Breville Smoking Gun Food Smoker


  • Versatile

  • No butane or propellant

  • Consistent smoke levels

  • Includes several types of wood chips

  • Not ideal for batching cocktails

  • Very small amount of wood chips

If you’re looking for a versatile smoker, this smoking gun from Breville is the best overall option. At around $100, it’s not the cheapest, but it makes up for it with its reliability and efficiency.

During testing, we found this device to be well-made. It was packaged neatly, the instructions were clear, and all the parts were clearly laid out, well-labeled, and neatly packaged. It had everything to get started—including batteries—and requires a pretty minimal setup. During testing, this was incredibly simple to use—once we attached the tube and started up the smoker, we were smoking a cocktail within minutes of the unit arriving.

While we found this smoker to be one of the easiest to use, it did take some trial and error to receive a smooth stream of smoke. The first few times we tested, the smoke was a bit tough to control. But, once we got the hang of it, it was a smooth smolder.

This smoker came with wood chips and some replacement screens, and because the design is intuitive, we found the results dependable. You can use this device to smoke a variety of cocktails, such as a Rum & Smoke (plus snacks, fish, meat, and other foods), and it’s easy to store and clean once you are finished using it. Plus, the battery-powered unit doesn’t require butane or any other propellant—just a match or lighter. This makes it extra portable, as well.

Since our first round of testing, we have since tested the PolyScience Breville The Smoking Gun Pro. As the name implies, this model is geared toward the professional cook, which is noticed even before use by the way it is packaged: less gift-worthy and more functional. That being said, our tester found it easy to use. The PolyScience unit features a dial to adjust the smoke, while the Smoking Gun uses a switch; the dial allows for a much smaller amount of smoke and more control. The PolyScience Breville The Smoking Gun Pro does cost a little bit more, but our tester said it seems like it should be priced closer to $300, so you are getting great value.

Breville Food Smoker / Kate Dingwall

Fuel Source: Match/lighter | Power Source: Batteries | Portability: Easily portable

Price at the time of publish: $100

Best Budget

TMKEFFC Portable Smoking Gun

TMKEFFC Portable Smoking Gun


  • Affordable

  • Great bang for your buck/entry-level option

  • Includes everything you need

  • Only usable with cocktails

  • Not as quality as other units

If you’re looking for a cheaper option, check out this smoking gun from TMKEFFC. This gun is small and battery-operated but does the job well and for far cheaper than many other options out there. Add your wood chips or whatever material you are using to the top of the device, light it, cover the lid of the glass, and allow the smoke to travel down the hose to infuse your cocktail with rich campfire flavors. This smoker works by placing the smoking tube directly in the glass, so it requires minimal counter space. 

In our tests, we found this budget option came packaged in a budget manner—just cardboard and brown paper wrapping each part, and the woodchips came in a small plastic bag. The unit also didn't arrive with batteries—those will have to be purchased separately. We also found the instructions challenging during testing—they felt translated haphazardly from another language—but once we sifted through some YouTube and Instagram tutorials, we found this unit quite easy to use. It was similar to the Breville in how you're fueling the smoke via a match.

Unlike the Breville model, we liked that there was a small plate with a fan to place over the drink. With the Breville unit, the best form of smoking is to flip the glass over and smoke prior to making the drink (or place the tube in your shaker tin). We found we could smoke a complete cocktail with this unit, thanks to the small plate that fits over a glass.

TMKEFFC / Kate Dingwall

Fuel Source: Match/lighter | Power Source: Batteries | Portability: Easily portable

Price at the time of publish: $30

Best Showstopper

Crafthouse by Fortessa Cocktail Smoking Cloche

Crafthouse by Fortessa Cocktail Smoking Cloche


  • Large enough for several cocktails

  • Excellent showmanship

  • Spacious enough for plates/food

  • Takes up a lot of space

  • Tube kinks easily

This smoking gun and glass cloche kit is a great way to show off your bartending skills in style. The base is made from black walnut, and the bell top is all glass, allowing your drink to be on display as the star of the show.

Our tester appreciated that there was a bit of pizzazz to this unit. If you’re one for making cocktails for guests, this adds a bit of showmanship to smoking cocktails. The larger cloche is spacious enough not just for Old Fashioned glasses (note that many units only fit a rocks glass) but coupes, Martini glasses, highball glasses, and other cocktail vessels.

This was the best-performing unit we tested. As soon as we flipped the switch, it poured out smooth, consistent smoke. We found the gun easily attached to the box and filled the inside with smoke, adding layers of intensity to the cocktail. Once it was filled, we simply lifted the cloche to remove the drink, and we were ready to sip and enjoy. The smoke was consistent, though because the bowl was so large, it took quite a lot of smoke to impart any flavor. We liked that it was large enough to smoke multiple drinks at once, however.

Fortessa Crafthouse / Kate Dingwall

Fuel Source: Match/lighter | Power Source: Batteries | Portability: Not portable

Price at the time of publish: $240

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Best Kit

MITBAK Portable Handheld Cold Smoking Gun with Dome Lid and Woodchips

MITBAK Portable Handheld Cold Smoking Gun with Dome Lid and Woodchips


  • Easy to use

  • No learning curve

  • Charged via cable, not batteries

  • Includes everything you need

  • Cloche is not large enough for highballs/coupes

  • Not easily transportable

This cocktail smoking kit from Mitbak has everything you need to whip up some excellent smoked cocktails, like a Smoke Break, including a smoke infuser, smoking gun, wood chips, dome lid, and recharger cable.

While testing, we found the packaging to be incredibly thoughtful. Everything was carefully placed in specific spaces in Styrofoam, and it was very sturdy–we wouldn't worry about this breaking during shipping. We also liked that the box was sturdy enough to double as a place to store the smoker when not using it.

Our tester appreciated how easy this was to use. Simply place your glass (or plate—there’s plenty of space) under the dome, rev up the gun, light the wood, and within an instance, you’re getting big pillows of smoke. 

It was easy to use and effective, and while this kit ranks up with some of the other options in terms of cost, we consider it worth it. With this kit, you don’t need to buy any supplemental equipment—it all comes as part of a set, and the quality of the materials is very good. 

There’s almost no learning curve to using it, and the unit was adaptable for cocktails and food. We found, however, it does have a couple of flaws, including the size of the cloche and the quality of the chips.

Mitbak / Kate Dingwall

Fuel Source: Match/lighter | Power Source: Charging cable | Portability: Not portable

Price at the time of publish: $80

Related: The Best Cocktail Shakers, According to Experts

Best Compact

Smoke Boards Smoked Cocktail Kit

Smoke Boards Smoked Cocktail Kit


  • Carrying case to bring it anywhere

  • No learning curve

  • Includes many types of wood chips

  • Butane is dangerous to use

  • Can’t be used with food

If you have not tried smoking a cocktail before, you’ll probably want to find a kit with everything included and preferably one that doesn’t have a steep learning curve. Smoke Boards is a good option for the novice home bartender because the kit contains everything you’ll need: a butane torch, a mason jar to cover the drink, a board to set it on, several different types of good-quality wood chips in large quantities, and a carrying case in which to pack it all up if you want to take the kit on the go (think: backyard barbecues). This is really one of the easiest smoking kits to practice with and learn how to create your own smoked cocktail concoctions.

Our tester appreciated that this kit can be packed in a bag and put away compactly when not in use. She found the butane torch difficult to use, but once she got the hang of it, it was efficient and reliable. Note that butane can be dangerous to use, so proceed with caution. 

Smokeboards Kit / Kate Dingwall

Fuel Source: Butane | Power Source: Butane | Portability: Easily portable

Price at the time of publish: $90

Related: The Best Ice Makers

Best for Cocktails

Oklahoma Joe’s Cocktail Smoking Box

Oklahoma Joe’s Cocktail Smoking Box


  • Great for the BBQer

  • Compact

  • Customizable levels of smoke

  • Does not include wood chips

  • Only holds one drink at a time

This new smoking box comes from the smoker and grill company Oklahoma Joe’s.

Our tester found this to be a sturdy unit, beautifully grained and stained (it's made with the same white oak used for whiskey and bourbon barrels) and carefully constructed. She appreciated the very smart design, from the fuel tray that slides out to the door to easily access your chips. It’s compact but big enough for one drink, so you can bring it with you on the go (note that you’ll need a lighter and wood chips as well).

While testing, our tester found it fairly difficult to light the chips—borrowed from another unit since they were not included. She tried with a butane torch, then with a match, and still had difficulty getting a consistent burn. She liked the appearance, and the fact that you're containing the smoke in the box rather than trying to smoke a glass.

Oklahoma Joes / Kate Dingwall

Fuel Source: Match/lighter | Power Source: N/A | Portability: Easily

Price at the time of publish: $60

Related: The Best Flasks

Final Verdict

Breville makes the best cocktail smoker on the market right now. While it isn’t the cheapest, the Breville Smoking Gun Food Smoker offers the highest quality and efficiency. It’s not too big, it’s easy to use, and the device is a cinch to clean. Both experienced mixologists and novice home bartenders will find this cocktail smoker incredibly useful for crafting creative drinks. 

Breville / Kate Dingwall

Our Testing Process

All of the products featured in this list of cocktail smokers have been carefully chosen by our editors and writers. We then sent each of the products directly to the writer for at-home testing. After applying a comprehensive list of methodologies—rating each item through a number of steps and ranking them on key attributes tailored to each category—the writer provided personal feedback and captured photos of the items in use.

Some attributes we looked for and rated each item on included how easy the smoker was to use, the quality of the materials, and how effective it was when smoking a cocktail. We also looked at the overall value of the unit and if the price reflected its level of productivity.

What to Look For in a Cocktail Smoker

What’s Included

Some cocktail smokers are packaged as a kit with all accessories included, while others might just be the device itself. You can order materials like wood chips, a board, or a dome separately if need be. But first, be sure to check out what’s included with your cocktail smoking kit so you can have everything you need on hand when you are ready to start making smoky drinks like a smoky sour.

Smokeboards / Kate Dingwall


Many cocktail smokers are relatively small handheld devices that are easy to store and even transport if you are taking your drink-making experience on the road. But they come in various other sizes, and some require a lot more equipment and accessories than others. If you will be working mostly in your own home, this might not be an issue, but it’s good to consider before purchasing.

Power Options

Most cocktail smokers that have their own ignition system are rechargeable these days. Some have a USB cable port, others can be plugged into a wall outlet, and the cheapest often require just batteries for power. 


How safe is a cocktail smoker?

Safety is not an issue with cocktail smokers as long as you follow the directions. Make sure you put out any smoldering wood chips before discarding them, and light the smoker in a well-ventilated environment.

How do you clean and care for it?

You should periodically clean the outside of any smoking device. Every now and then, you may have to replace the screen you put the chips on to burn. Some devices come with replacement screens, but you may need to order extra ones for others.

Oklahoma Joes / Kate Dingwall

How long will it last?

A good cocktail smoker should last a few years if you clean and care for it properly.

How often do you need to replace wood chips?

This depends on how often you use your smoker, but a bag of wood chips should last you a few months at the very minimum because you’ll only use a little bit at a time.

What alcohol works best for cocktail smokers?

Dark liquors like bourbon, Scotch, and whiskey are the top choices when making a smoked cocktail.

What else can you use a cocktail smoker for?

A cocktail smoker can also be used to smoke food. Just be sure that it is large enough to accommodate what you're smoking and that the flavor of the wood chips will complement the food.

Why Trust

The items featured in this piece were tested by Kate Dingwall, a seasoned beverage writer and sommelier who has spent the last five years writing about wine and spirits and the last decade as a working sommelier. Her work appears in various national outlets, both print and digital. 

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