A smoked old fashioned is the best way to elevate your cocktail game! It’s as easy as using an old fashioned smoker top to add some extra smoke flavor. This recipe has recommendations on the best bourbon and the best cocktail smokers available.
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If you want to create a magical cocktail experience, a smoked old fashioned is the way to go! The simple additional of a cocktail smoker can take a traditional drink into a spectacular visual show stopper.
Not to mention, if you love a smokey flavor, this takes the flavor of your cocktail to the next level. Speaking of next level cocktails, be sure to check out this Cherry Manhattan with Bourbon Cherries and this Aperol Negroni!
There are a few different types of cocktail smokers such as an old fashioned smoker top, a cocktail smoking gun and a cocktail smoker that uses a tube and a disk that sets on top of the drink.
Any of these options work for a smokey old fashioned and I will go through some of my favorites. You can also check out the Best Bourbon for Old Fashioned article for some super delicious bourbon ideas.
This smoked old fashioned cocktail recipe also includes many different variations of an old fashioned (including a smoked maple old fashioned) so if you want to play around with some different flavors and bitters, the sky is the limit!
Why this recipe works
- The smoked old fashioned is a visually exciting show stopper for any party or get-together.
- The extra flavor from the cocktail smoker makes this smokey old fashioned super indulgent.
- You can create many different flavor variations using different bitters and mixers.
Sugar: You can use granulated white sugar. You can also use simple syrup in place of the water sugar combination. If you want to create a rich brown sugar undertone, you can make this delicious Demerara Syrup.
Orange Peel (Garnish): Orange peel or delicious Bourbon Cherries.
Ice: You can use ice cubes or a large ice block (these sphere and square ice molds are great). The large ice block will melt more slowly.
How to make a smoked old fashioned
Add water, bitters and sugar to rocks glass. Stir to dissolve sugar.
Add bourbon or rye.
Add ice or drink straight (no ice).
Using a Cocktail smoker (an old fashioned smoker top such as Foghat), a smoking gun or smoking tube), fill and cover glass with smoke. Allow smoke to remain in covered glass for 1-2 minutes (depending on desired smokiness). All smoke to release and enjoy.
Best bourbon for old fashioned
If you are a bourbon and whiskey lover, you can best out my Best Bourbon for Old Fashioned article which goes into great depth about many bourbon recommendations and other tricks of the trade.
Best cocktail smokers
There are two main types of cocktail smokers to make a smoked old fashioned that I prefer.
One is a lid that you can set on top of the drink and light. Foghat Cocktail Smoker is an example of the “lid” you can set on top. This tends to be one of the easiest versions to use as you don’t have to hold the lid in place while it is smoking.
The second is a smoking gun and a disk with a tube attached that you can set on top. While still user friendly, you have to hold the disk in place which is less convenient than the first method.
Best bitters for old fashioned
Looking for the best bitters for an old fashioned cocktail was a tough one and there are some that are still up for debate. But luckily, we’ve found three of the best bitters for you to choose from.
Scrappy’s Bitters: Scrappy’s Bitters aim to provide the highest quality bitters without sacrificing quality for quantity. Every batch is organic and carefully made by hand—no artificial flavorings, chemicals, or dyes are added.
Hella Cocktail Co: Hella Cocktail Co bitters are made with pure cane sugar, natural extracts, fruit juice concentrates, peels, spices, and bitter root. They never use preservatives, artificial flavorings, or high-fructose corn syrup and each of their products are being sold only at an affordable price.
FAQ and expert tips
Using a cocktail smoker or smoke top, you can add smoke to a bourbon filled glass and cover for 1-2 minutes.
You can use any kind of wood flavor to smoke a cocktail. Some popular flavors include hickory, oak, cherry or alderwood.
Flaming an orange feel can add a burnt and smokey element to your cocktails. It can also help release some of the natural oils in the orange.
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Smoked Old Fashioned
- Add water, bitters and sugar to rocks glass. Stir to dissolve sugar.
- Add bourbon or rye.
- Add ice or drink straight (no ice).
- Using a Cocktail smoker (an old fashioned smoker top such as Foghat), a smoking gun or smoking tube), fill and cover glass with smoke. Allow smoke to remain in covered glass for 1-2 minutes (depending on desired smokiness). All smoke to release and enjoy.