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Smoked Old Fashioned

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The Smoked Old Fashioned is a sophisticated twist on the classic cocktail, blending the rich, robust flavors of rye whiskey with the sweetness of brown sugar and the complexity of aromatic bitters. The addition of wood smoke introduces a deep, smoky aroma and flavor, elevating this timeless drink to a new level of refinement.

Tasting Notes

The first sip of the Smoked Old Fashioned offers a balanced mix of sweet and bitter, with the brown sugar providing a smooth sweetness that complements the spiciness of the rye whiskey. The aromatic bitters add a layer of depth, enhancing the complexity of the drink with hints of herbs and spices. As the smoke-infused essence hits your palate, it brings a rich, earthy flavor that lingers, giving the cocktail a warm, comforting finish.

As you continue to savor the Smoked Old Fashioned, the smokiness becomes more pronounced, intertwining with the whiskey’s bold character. The smoke enhances the natural flavors of the rye, drawing out notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak.

Each sip reveals a new dimension, making this cocktail an engaging experience from start to finish. The overall effect is a harmonious blend of sweet, bitter, and smoky elements that create a truly memorable drink.

Tips & Tricks

Try using different types of wood chips like cherry, apple, or pecan to introduce various smoky flavors.

Use spiced brown sugar, infused with cinnamon or nutmeg, for an extra layer of flavor.

Recipe Card

Smoked Old Fashioned

Smoked Old Fashioned


  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 4 dashes aromatic bitters
  • woodchips of choice for smoking


  1. Light a handful of wood chips of a flavor you enjoy. Make sure they're smoking but not burning (no open flame).
  2. Place a lowball glass upside down over the chips to catch the smoke. Not directly onto the chips so it doesn't warm up.
  3. In the meantime add ice, whiskey, brown sugar in a shaker and shake very well to chill and combine.
  4. Remove the glass from the smoke, and place a large ice cube in the glass.
  5. Strain the drink into the glass over the ice, stir a few times, and serve.

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