So you want to take your craft to the next level and experiment with smoking cocktails? You've come to the right place. As the rebirth of whiskey and bourbon has occurred over the past 5 years, so has the creativity with which they are prepared.
Speakeasies, steak houses, and man caves are competing for the best cocktail in town. One way mixologists are getting an edge, is by adding smoke to their cocktail concoctions. If you want to know how to smoke a cocktail, here's a short list of solutions with pros and cons for each.
This is the old fashioned way of smoking a cocktail. If you have no other option, you could try smoking a cocktail glass by simply burning a small piece of oak, pecan, hickory, or fruit wood on a cutting board and then placing a cocktail glass over the burning ember. The glass will fill with a small plume of smoke. You can turn the glass over and pour in your cocktail.
These are typically handheld devices which you drop wood chips in the heating element, pull the trigger and pump smoke through a tube with a lid on the end and into a cocktail glass.
The Smoke Lid was custom designed for smoking cocktails in a way which adds smoke flavor, is simple to use, full of character, and entertains guests and patrons.
We designed the Smoke Top Lid from Aged & Charred to be the most effective and efficient way to smoke a cocktail. It produces more smoke, takes up less space (so you can bring it places), and has more character than any other cocktail smoker on the market.
Using a cocktail smoker involves several steps designed to infuse your drink with a smoky flavor. Here's a general guideline:
Prepare the Cocktail: First, prepare the cocktail you'd like to smoke. This can be any type of cocktail, although smoky flavors often complement whiskey, tequila, or rum-based drinks.
Choose Your Smoking Material: Decide on the type of wood chips, herbs, or spices you want to use for smoking. Different materials will impart different flavors to the cocktail.
Ignite the Smoking Material: Place your chosen smoking material on a heat-resistant surface or in the smoking chamber of a specialized cocktail smoking device. Use a culinary torch or lighter to ignite the material until it begins to smolder.
Capture the Smoke: Place the prepared cocktail glass or container over the smoldering material to capture the smoke. Some professional cocktail smokers come with a hose to direct the smoke into the glass.
Seal and Infuse: Once the glass or container is filled with smoke, cover it with a lid or coaster to seal the smoke in. Allow the smoke to infuse the drink for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on your preference for smoky intensity.
Taste and Adjust: Carefully remove the lid and give the cocktail a stir. Taste the cocktail to see if it has the desired level of smokiness. If it needs more time, you can repeat the smoking process for a few more seconds.
Garnish and Serve: Once you're satisfied with the level of smokiness, add any desired garnishes and serve the cocktail immediately.
Optional: Smoke the Garnish: For an added touch, you can also smoke the garnish (like a lemon peel or sprig of rosemary) using the same method before adding it to the drink.
Clean Up: Always ensure the smoking material is fully extinguished before disposing of it, and clean your smoking device according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Remember to always exercise caution when using fire or hot surfaces, and ensure you're working in a well-ventilated area to allow for proper dispersion of smoke.
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