Crafting Smoked Cocktails with Unconventional Ingredients

Crafting Smoked Cocktails with Unconventional Ingredients

Art of Smoked Cocktails with Unconventional Ingredients

In the world of mixology, smoked cocktails have risen as a sophisticated and intriguing choice for connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike. At Smoked Fashioned, we understand the allure of a perfectly smoked drink and the transformative experience it offers. Whether you're a seasoned old-fashioned aficionado or a newcomer eager to explore, this guide will elevate your cocktail journey with unique twists and innovative techniques.

Choosing the Right Equipment and Ingredients

The heart of a great smoked cocktail lies in its preparation. Our Smoked Cocktail Kit, complete with a premium butane torch, assorted wood chips, and a top-of-the-glass smoking tool, offers a seamless way to infuse your drinks with a rich, smoky flavor. When it comes to old fashioned ingredients, the secret is in the details. Experiment with our Full Flavor or Classic Wood Chips for a distinct taste profile or explore our Bulk Wood Chips for a more customized approach.

The Unconventional Twist: Beyond the Ordinary

A traditional old-fashioned recipe provides a solid foundation, but why stop there? Incorporating unconventional ingredients like exotic spices, rare bitters, or even smoked salts can add an unexpected depth to your cocktail. For instance, a hint of lavender or a dash of smoked paprika can transform an ordinary old fashioned into a sensory masterpiece.

Here's an unconventional list you should try

Herbal Infusions:
  • Lavender: Imparts a floral note; works well with gin-based cocktails.
  • Rosemary: Adds a piney aroma; perfect for whiskey or bourbon drinks.
  • Thyme: Offers earthy tones; pairs well with lighter spirits like vodka.
  • Smoked Paprika: Provides a subtle heat and smokiness; excellent for a Bloody Mary.
  • Cinnamon Sticks (Smoked): Adds a sweet, woody flavor; ideal for rum or bourbon cocktails.
  • Star Anise: Introduces a licorice hint; complements dark spirits.
Citrus Peels:
  • Charred Orange Peel: Offers a caramelized citrus flavor; enhances an old fashioned.
  • Lemon Zest: Brings a bright, tangy note; great in smoked gin cocktails.
  • Grapefruit Peel: Adds a bitter-sweet profile; suitable for tequila-based drinks.
  • Maple Syrup (Smoked): Gives a rich, woody sweetness; pairs well with bourbon.
  • Honey (especially dark varieties): Offers a natural, floral sweetness; complements spiced cocktails.
  • Chocolate Bitters: Adds depth; ideal for dessert cocktails.
  • Cherry Bitters: Introduces a fruity note; pairs well with whiskey.
Fruits and Berries:
  • Dried Figs: Adds a sweet, earthy note; excellent in brandy or whiskey cocktails.
  • Blackberries: Provides a tart, fruity flavor; suitable for vodka or gin drinks.
  • Toasted Walnuts: Imparts a nutty, rich flavor; enhances whiskey or bourbon cocktails.
  • Smoked Almonds: Adds a smoky, crunchy texture; great as a garnish.
Salty and Savory Elements:
  • Bacon: Brings a savory, smoky flavor; perfect for Bloody Marys or bourbon cocktails.
  • Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives: Adds a salty, creamy texture; excellent in a smoked martini.
Exotic Elements:
  • Hibiscus Flowers: Introduces a tart, floral note; great for tequila or champagne cocktails.
  • Saffron: Offers a unique, luxurious flavor; pairs well with gin or vodka.
Wood Chips Varieties:
  • Hickory: Classic smoky flavor; versatile for most cocktails.
  • Applewood: Sweet, fruity smoke; great for lighter spirits.
  • Mesquite: Strong, earthy smoke; ideal for bold, aged spirits.

Incorporating Unconventional Ingredients into Smoked Cocktails

When using these ingredients, the key is balance and experimentation. For example, infuse the smoke from wood chips with a sprig of rosemary to add an herbal touch to your cocktail. Or muddle blackberries with smoked maple syrup for a sweet and smoky twist. Incorporating these unconventional ingredients opens up a world of flavor possibilities, allowing you to create a truly unique cocktail experience.

Step-by-Step: Crafting Your Smoked Cocktail

  1. Preparation: Begin by selecting your desired glass and chilling it if preferred.
  2. Muddling: In the glass, muddle sugar or a simple syrup with your chosen bitters. This is where you can get creative – think outside the box with ingredients like smoked cinnamon sticks or citrus peels.
  3. Adding the Spirit: Pour in your preferred whiskey, typically the soul of an old fashioned. Our range of whiskey stones, like the Silver Shell Whiskey Stones, ensures your drink stays cool without dilution.
  4. The Smoking Process: Now comes the magic. Use the Smoked Cocktail Kit to infuse your drink with smoke. Cover the glass with the smoker, add the wood chips, and light them with the Desktop Jet Torch. Allow the smoke to meld with the drink for a minute or two.
  5. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with an orange peel or a cherry, and your smoked cocktail is ready to be savored.

Pairing and Serving Suggestions

A smoked cocktail is more than just a drink; it's an experience. Pair it with light appetizers or enjoy it as a standalone treat at the end of a long day. Present it using our Smoking Coaster for an added touch of elegance, making each sip a luxurious affair.

Conclusion: Elevating the Home Bar Experience

With Smoked Fashioned's range of products, from the Mini VIP Kit to the comprehensive Smoked Fashioned VIP Kit, crafting a smoked cocktail becomes not just a process, but an art form. It's about bringing the sophistication of a high-end bar into the comfort of your home, allowing you to explore and enjoy a world of flavors with a single click.