What is a Smoked Cocktail?
Smoked cocktails have become increasingly popular in recent years as people seek out new and interesting flavor experiences. A smoked cocktail is a type of drink that is made with smoke or smoke-infused ingredients, giving it a unique and complex flavor profile that is both smoky and sweet. This type of cocktail is typically made using wood chips, smoke guns, or other smoking devices that allow the bartender to infuse the drink with smoke while it is being prepared.
Smoked Cocktails at Tetherow’s Solomon’s restaurant
These unique cocktails became a staple at Solomon’s in November 2022 and their popularity continues to grow. Apple, cherry, hickory or bourbon barrel woodchips available with your choice of spirit. Our favorite is the Smoked Apple Julep, which includes Knob Creek, smoked apple wood chips, lemon, simple syrup and fresh mint.
One of the most popular ingredients used in smoked cocktails is mezcal, a type of agave-based spirit that is often referred to as the “smoky sibling” of tequila. When combined with other ingredients, such as fruit juices, bitters, and syrups, mezcal can create a unique and flavorful drink that is both sweet and smoky.
Another common ingredient used in smoked cocktails is whiskey, which is often smoked using applewood or mesquite chips. The smoke from these chips gives the whiskey a distinct smoky flavor that pairs well with other ingredients, such as honey and lemon. These types of cocktails are often served neat, or over ice, to allow the flavors to really shine through.
What are the most popular smoked cocktails?
Sam Sharaf, Tetherow’s Food & Beverage Director, recommends his favorite combination — an excellent single malt scotch like a Macallan’s 18, enhanced with the apple wood chips. These flavors combine to make a smooth drinking experience.
One of the most famous smoked cocktails is the “Old Fashioned” which is typically made with whiskey, sugar, bitters, and a citrus peel. To make this drink smoky, some bartenders will smoke the whiskey or the citrus peel, or both, before adding the other ingredients. This adds an extra layer of flavor to the drink, making it a truly unique and enjoyable experience.
Another popular smoked cocktail is the “Smoked Manhattan,” which is made with whiskey, vermouth, and bitters, and is typically served with a cherry and a lemon twist. To make this drink smoky, the bartender will smoke the whiskey before adding it to the cocktail. This gives the drink a distinct smoky flavor that pairs well with the sweetness of the vermouth and the bitterness of the bitters.
Smoked cocktails are a unique and flavorful experience that are becoming increasingly popular among cocktail enthusiasts. Whether you are a fan of whiskey, mezcal, or other spirits, there is a smoked cocktail out there that is sure to satisfy your cravings. So, why not give one a try the next time you’re out for a drink? You won’t be disappointed!