Are you a bourbon fan? Wait until you try this Smoked Old Fashioned Bourbon Cocktail. Bourbon and whiskey bars are very on-trend and very expensive. I thought you’d like to learn how to make this famous bourbon cocktail at home for a fraction of the cost.
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Bourbon Vs. Whiskey, Which Is Better?
Did you know that all Bourbon is whiskey? However, there is a distinction. Although there are many whiskeys, Bourbon is unique in that it is an American-made whiskey.
Bourbon is distilled with over 50% corn mash, while whiskey is predominantly from fermented grains. In addition, Bourbon, must be aged in new charred Oak barrels
You can learn more about the strict guidelines governing alcoholic spirits at the Department of the Treasury Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau.
How To Drink Bourbon
There are many ways to enjoy the unique taste of Bourbon and many costly options.
Whiskey bars are filled with all types of Bourbon for you to sample.
You can drink Bourbon neat (with no ice) or on the rocks (with ice). Usually, these options are for sipping.
However, you may prefer a bourbon cocktail if you’re not a straight shooter. The most popular are Old Fashioned and Manhattans.
Today, we are focusing on Old Fashioned Bourbon Cocktails.
How To Make An Smoked Old Fashioned Bourbon Cocktail
Let’s begin with the ingredients needed for an Old Fashioned Bourbon Cocktail.
Bourbon Cocktail Ingredients
- Premium or Top Shelf Bourbon – It doesn’t have to be the most expensive, but good quality is best. Brad likes Maker’s Mark, Bulleit, and Buffalo Trace, to name a few reasonably priced bourbons.
- Simple syrup, maple syrup, or sugar cube
- Twist of Orange Peel
- Cherries (optional)
Tools for Smoked Old Fashioned Cocktail
If you’d like to have your Old Fashioned Cocktail Smoked, I recommend a Cocktail Smoker Kit, which will include the smoker, wood chips, and the torch.
A smoker kit can be used to smoke any cocktail, and smoked red wine is also delicious.
- Cocktail Smoker Kit
- 2″ Ice Cube Tray or Round 2″ Ice Tray
- Old Fashioned Cocktail Glasses
- Orange Citrus Twist Peeler
- Measuring Shot Glass
- Muddler ( if using a sugar cube, it’s best to muddle the sugar and bitters together)
How To Make A Smoked Old Fashioned
Begin by adding ingredients to an old-fashioned cocktail glass. Muddle bitters with sugar and water if you are not using simple or maple syrup.
Stir ingredients and add a twist of orange peel. You can add premium cherries now or use them as a garnish.
Next, add a large ice cube to the cocktail glass and cover it with the cocktail smoker lid.
Add wood chips in your choice of favors to the smoker lid. You only need a small amount of chips to smoke an old-fashioned cocktail.
Use the torch to ignite the wood chips until you see smoke in the cocktail glass.
Once the glass is filled with smoke, let it sit for approx. one minute before removing the smoker lid.
You can garnish with an orange twist and cherries if desired.
Sip and enjoy the smokey flavor this technique adds to the Old Fashioned Cocktail.
See the Recipe for full instructions.
- 2 oz. premium bourbon
- Splash of Bitters
- Splash of Simple Syrup or Maple Syrup
- Splash of Water (optional unless using sugar cube)
- Large Ice Cube
- Twist of Orange Peel
- Premium Cherries (optional)
- Add bourbon, bitters, and syrup to Old Fashioned Cocktail glass
- Add a twist of orange peel and stir
- Add the large ice cube
- Cover the glass with the cocktail smoker
- Add wood chips
- Use a torch and smoke until the glass is filled with smoke.
- Allow to sit with smoke for approx. 1 minute
- Remove the smoker and garnish with cherries and/or orange peel.
If using a sugar cube, add water and bitters first and muddle the cube until softened. Then add the remaining ingredients.
If preferred, you can add cherries to the mixture before smoking.
Thanks for stopping by, and don’t miss the Old Fashioned Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipe and the Old Fashioned Father’s Day Themed Dinner Table Ideas.
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