4 Perfectly Smoky Cocktails to Try Now

If you're anything like us, the idea of smoke in your drink intrigues you — so we thought we'd give it a shot. Learn four of our favorite smoked cocktails, and if you're in need of smoke products for your bar (or home bar) shop Middleton Mixology now!

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Smoked Old Fashioned


  • 1/2 oz. smoked simple syrup
  • 4-5 dashes of angostura bitters
  • 1 orange slice and cherry for garnish
  • ice cubes as needed  

Smoked Simple Syrup:  In a saucepan, bring 1 cup water and 2 cups sugar to a boil. Stir until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take off the heat and add 2 cups of hickory wood chips. Let the mixture stand uncovered overnight at room temperature, then strain through cheesecloth or coffee filter into a small bowl or jar with lid. 

Combine bourbon, syrup, and bitters in a rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish your smoked cocktail with an orange slice and a cherry.

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Smoked Manhattan


  • 2 oz. rye whiskey 
  • 2  oz. sweet vermouth 
  • 1 tsp smoked simple syrup 
  • 1 dash of angostura bitters 
  • ice cubes as needed 
  • lemon twist for garnish

Smoked Simple Syrup: Follow the directions for smoked simple syrup above, but use only 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar. 

Combine rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, smoked simple syrup, and bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir until well chilled and strain into a rocks glass containing ice cubes. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Smoked Bloody Mary


  • 2 oz. vodka  
  • 4 Tbsp smoked tomato juice 
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 dash tabasco pepper sauce 
  • 4-5 ice cubes as needed 
  • celery stick and horseradish for garnish

Smoked Tomato Juice:  Place 1 cup of cherry wood chips (or hickory wood chips) in a large container with 1 cup of water. Allow the mixture to steep overnight at room temperature, stirring occasionally. Pour the liquid through cheesecloth into a saucepan and discard the solids. Add 4 cups of crushed tomatoes or tomato juice to the saucepan. Bring liquid to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the flavor of the smoke is noticeable. Take off heat and allow to come to room temperature, then refrigerate for several hours (overnight is best).

Preparation:  Combine vodka, smoked tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and tabasco in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir until well chilled and strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish your smoked cocktail with celery stick and horseradish to taste.

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Dragon's Breath


  • 1 1/2 oz. dragon fruit-infused tequila 
  • 3/4 oz. strawberry puree 
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice 
  • 1/4 oz. smokey simple syrup

Preparation:  Combine dragon fruit-infused tequila, strawberry puree, lime juice, and simple syrup in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Shake until well chilled and strain into shot glass(s).

Note: How to make dragon fruit-infused tequila:  Cut one fresh dragon fruit in half and scoop out the flesh. Place flesh in a jar with 750 ml of tequila and let infuse for 1 day at room temperature. Use a strainer to remove solids and store infused tequila in the refrigerator.

So there you go — four perfect, smoky cocktails to try now. If you're looking for the smoke equipment to make any of these cocktails (or anything else) in your own bar, check out Middleton Mixology's selection today!