Smoke is more elusive than most flavors. It’s not like citrus, where bringing its kicky edge to a cocktail is as simple as squeezing a lime. Smoke is, quite literally, impossible to grasp.
So how do you make a cocktail like the Smoke Signal Old Fashioned? By getting creative with any one of these four methods.
But first, you need to make sure you’re using the right ingredients. As complex and intriguing as smoke may be, it can only do so much to make up for mediocre bourbon. So if you’re making the Smoke Signal Old Fashioned, use Elijah Craig Small Batch bourbon.
Not only did Elijah Craig win double gold and Best Small Batch Bourbon at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Its signature spice and subtly smoky flavor perfectly complement any of these four methods.
Find the right one for you. And prepare to make some mouthwatering smoky cocktails.
This is the simplest way if you’re making an Old Fashioned. Just pick up smoked bitters to complement the Angostura or orange bitters you’re already using. You’ll be happy you have these in your bar.
If you want to get a little more advanced—or just want to impress your guests—go with wood smoking. Light chips of applewood, hickory or oak, and place a chilled or rinsed glass over it until it becomes opaque. Remember: It’s important to chill the glass or give it a water rinse. Otherwise, the smoke won’t grasp to the glass. The last step is simply pouring the finished cocktail into the smoky glass.
Any big smoky cocktail fan would be wise to invest in a cocktail smoking box.You simply place the finished cocktail in the box until it’s smoky enough for you.
You probably already know this, but it’s worth repeating: A garnish can do more than look pretty. Singe a rosemary, thyme or cinnamon stick and swizzle it in the cocktail to give it that mouthwatering smoky essence.
Got it down? Test your skills with the Smoke Signal Old Fashioned.