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Crafting the Enigmatic Smoke Show Cocktail

Thu, Nov 09, 23  |  mezcal cocktails

If you're looking to elevate your mixology game and impress your guests with a show-stopping cocktail, the Smoke Show is a perfect choice. This intriguing and visually captivating cocktail is a blend of sophistication and smoky allure. The best part? You can craft it in the comfort of your home. In this blog, we'll take you through the steps of making your very own Smoke Show Cocktail.

Ingredients You'll Need:

  • 2 oz of bourbon or mezcal (choose your favorite)
  • 2-3 dashes of aromatic bitters
  • 1/2 oz of simple syrup (or adjust to taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange twist or maraschino cherry for garnish
  • Smoked wood chips


Step 1: Prepare Your Base Spirit

Choose between bourbon and mezcal as your base spirit. Each offers a unique flavor profile. Bourbon provides a rich, sweet, and oaky taste, while mezcal offers a smoky and earthy essence. Pour 2 oz of your chosen spirit into a cocktail shaker.

Step 2: Add Bitters and Sweetness

Add 2-3 dashes of aromatic bitters to the base spirit. Bitters are crucial in balancing the cocktail and enhancing its complexity. Next, pour in 1/2 oz of simple syrup. You can adjust the sweetness to your preference. If you prefer a drier cocktail, reduce the amount of syrup.

Step 3: Shake or Stir

Depending on your choice of spirit, you can either shake or stir the ingredients. If you're using bourbon, shaking with ice is ideal. For mezcal, stirring is the way to go. Shake or stir until the mixture is well-chilled and properly mixed.

Step 4: The Smoking Process

This is the part where the Smoke Show Cocktail truly earns its name. Get ready to infuse your drink with that enchanting smoky aroma. Place a handful of wood chips in a fireproof container and ignite them. Once they begin to smolder and release smoke, cover your cocktail shaker with a glass or container. This captures the smoke as you pour your cocktail.

Step 5: Strain and Serve

After allowing the cocktail to bathe in the smoky embrace for a few minutes, strain it into a chilled glass. The straining process removes any wood chip remnants while preserving that captivating smoky essence. You can garnish your Smoke Show Cocktail with a twist of citrus or a maraschino cherry for that final touch of elegance.

Enjoy the Sensory Journey

As you lift your glass to take that first sip, close your eyes and breathe in the captivating aroma. The smoky allure sets the stage for a sensory experience like no other. With every sip, you'll be greeted by a harmonious fusion of smoky, sweet, and bitter notes. The complexity of flavors keeps your palate engaged and intrigued.

The Smoke Show Cocktail is more than a drink; it's an experience. Craft it at home, and you'll not only impress your guests but also embark on a memorable and captivating taste adventure. So, get your ingredients, gather your wood chips, and let the show begin in your own cocktail sanctuary. Cheers!

By Jason Zheng

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