How to Make a Smoked Old Fashioned: A Classic with a Twist

How to Make a Smoked Old Fashioned: A Classic with a Twist

Smoked Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned cocktail, a revered classic in whiskey drinks, has stood the test of time, charming connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike. Its simple yet sophisticated blend of whiskey, sugar, and bitters offers a perfect canvas for experimentation and creativity. This recipe introduces an exciting twist to this timeless drink – the Smoked Old Fashioned. 

The twist is using Flavored wood chips for a better result. Infusing the classic Old Fashioned with smoked flavors adds an extra layer of complexity and transforms your drinking experience, allowing you to savor a symphony of aromas and tastes. Here's what you will need: 


  • 2 ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar or a sugar cube
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • A variety of wood chips (like hickory, applewood, or cherry - Up to your choosing)
  • Orange twist for garnish

Steps to Create Your Smoked Old Fashioned with this twist:

  1. Prepare Your Glass: Begin by placing the sugar and bitters into a mixing glass. Add a teaspoon of water and stir until the sugar is nearly dissolved.
  2. Choose Your Wood Chips: The choice of wood chips is crucial in determining the flavor profile of your Smoked Old Fashioned. Each type of wood imparts a unique taste – hickory for a robust and smoky flavor, applewood for a slightly sweet and fruity aroma, and cherry for a delicate and somewhat tangy smoke. You can also use the vanilla-flavored wood chips (One of our customers' favorites).
  3. Smoke Infusion: Using your Smoked Fashioned Co. cocktail smoker, place your chosen wood chips in the top-of-the-glass smoker tool. Light the chips with a butane torch until they smolder, producing a rich, aromatic smoke.
  4. Chill Your Drink: While the glass is being infused with smoke, fill your mixing glass with ice and pour in the bourbon or rye whiskey. Stir until well-chilled. This process not only cools the drink but also helps to dilute it slightly, ensuring a perfectly balanced Old Fashioned.
  5. Combine and Garnish: Strain the chilled whiskey mixture into your smoke-infused glass over a large ice cube. This not only cools the drink further but also maintains its robust flavor profile. Finally, express the oil of an orange twist over the glass, and drop it in to garnish. The citrus aroma complements the smoky notes, enhancing the overall sensory experience.

Why a Smoked Old Fashioned?

Incorporating smoke into an Old Fashioned adds a novel dimension to the cocktail. The smoky flavors marry beautifully with the natural sweetness of bourbon or the spicier notes of rye, creating a cocktail that's both familiar and excitingly new. It's an experience that appeals not just to whiskey aficionados but also to those new to the world of sophisticated beverages.

Tailoring to Your Taste:

The beauty of the Smoked Old Fashioned lies in its versatility. Whether you prefer a sweeter drink or one that leans towards a spicier, more robust profile, the choice of whiskey and wood chips allows for endless customization. Experiment with different combinations to discover your perfect match.

Creating a Smoked Old Fashioned is more than just mixing a drink; it's an art that combines tradition with innovation. With Smoked Fashioned Co.'s advanced cocktail smoker and the right ingredients, you can easily bring this unique twist on a classic to your home bar. It's a sure way to impress your guests or to enjoy a moment of refined relaxation alone. Remember, the key to a great Smoked old-fashioned lies in balancing the trinity of spirit, sweetness, and smoke, crafting a cocktail that's as enjoyable to make as it is to drink. Cheers to a new world of flavors!

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