Looking to impress your guests with a bit of smoky flair? Here are 15 best smoked cocktails to get you tipsy in style.
A touch of smoke is all the magic you need to boost your cocktail game.
It certainly makes for an Instagram-worthy shot (get it?), but it’s there to give a nuanced flavor to your cocktail.
It works exceptionally well in enhancing the aged, woody flavor of whiskey, scotch, or bourbon.
You can also use it with clear liquors such as gin and vodka.
Smoked cocktails have been long-time favorites in bars and nightclubs.
With home smoking kits, aspiring mixologists can hone their craft and add the art of smoke to their cocktail repertoire.
With some practice, you’ll be ready to wow your guests with a drink and a show in one.
In this list, you’ll find 15 different smoky drinks for date night, cocktail hour, or whenever you want!
If you want to go with a timeless classic, try Smoked Old Fashioned.
Smoked Mojito is a refreshing drink for a poolside party!
Stay tuned until #14 for a cocktail with an unexpected ingredient.
Let’s get this list going with a fruity whiskey cocktail!
Juice from fresh blackberries adds a succulent tart flavor that goes well with the aged whiskey.
The simple syrup works well with the whiskey’s earthy notes and the berries’ acidity.
This smoky drink is that you won’t need any special equipment to make it.
Right before serving, a lighter or a match is used to torch a sprig of rosemary.
This gives the cocktail an herby aroma that’s easy on the nose.
Get all the smoke with this following recipe!
The cocktail puts a twist on the famous Negroni, which is usually made with gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari.
It uses several smoky ingredients to build layers of flavor in the drink.
Instead of gin, the recipe uses Mezcal, a liquor known for its rich smokiness.
Baking thin orange slices on high heat allows them to develop a picture-perfect char.
When garnished on the cocktail, the charcoal-orange slice gives it a deep roasted flavor with a hint of sweetness.
Are you a summer or fall type of person?
With this drink, you’ll get both!
The delicate fruitiness of the peach gives the cocktail a fun poolside party summer feel.
This is complemented by the refreshing fizz from the soda water and ginger beer.
The complex sweetness of the maple and the toasty notes of the bourbon brings the cocktail back to a cozy evening right at home.
Angostura bitters complete this drink with a subtle hint of clove, cinnamon, and spice.
This recipe is a significant cost-saver for a beginner bartender.
If you don’t already have all the ingredients at your home bar, you’ll surely use them again next time for another cocktail.
The herby and spicy taste from the sweet vermouth plays well with the deep flavor of the bourbon.
A few dashes of orange bitters bring the whole drink together.
Placing a cocktail glass upside-down on the smoking cinnamon stick allows the smoke to stick to the glass and flavor the drink.
If you’re looking for a cocktail to get you sipping through Halloween, we got you covered!
Imagine wisps of smoke rising from the ashes of a burning sprig of rosemary in your cocktail glass.
It’s as spooky as you can get with a simple cocktail, but feel free to go all out for Halloween with a jack-o’-lantern glass.
The bourbon notes of caramel and vanilla work well with the bright, citrusy orange.
Serve this with Halloween-themed appetizers, and you’ve got a party!
If you want to get into smoked drinks, we have to get back to the classics.
You can’t go wrong with a tried and true smoked cocktail.
This recipe smokes sugar, a cocktail cherry, and an orange peel three times for maximum flavor.
Essential oils from the orange peel really cut through the smokiness with its fruity aroma and taste.
Since it’s forward with the smoke, try to be extra careful when choosing the wood chips to get the flavor you like.
This cocktail is so effortless to make at home and comes with a unique preparation method.
Unlike other cocktail recipes, the ice cubes used in this one don’t water down the flavor—they pack a fruity punch!
That’s because they’re made with orange and cranberry juice full of smoke flavor.
As the ice melts, the cocktail gets even sweeter and brighter.
Vodka is an ideal liquor base for this cocktail.
Its clean taste lets the fruit juices come through.
You can count on this drink to warm you up on a cold winter night.
Gin and tonic, salt and pepper, you and this cocktail—great pairings are great for a reason!
The sweetness of the honey complements the piney and herby taste of gin.
Tonic water completes the flavor of the cocktail with its pleasant bitterness.
Spiced honey also gives it a nice kick, but if you’re having a hard time getting your hands on it, you can use ordinary honey, maple syrup, or other alternatives.
This cocktail goes down smoothly!
Wanna know the secret to its silky texture?
Aquafaba, the water from canned chickpeas, is used to create a foamy consistency.
Silver tequila has a robust taste that’s ideal for pairing with the potent orange flavor of the triple sec.
The sea salt rim intensifies the sweet and sour flavors of the cocktail as soon as it hits your mouth.
For the best results, make sure to cool down the liquors before mixing.
This one’s a fantastic cocktail option for a girls’ night at home.
First, it’s in a pretty shade of light cherry pink–enough said!
But seriously, this is a well-balanced cocktail that’s so easy to drink.
Vermouth Blanco has a touch of vanilla, floral, and fruity flavor that matches the deep caramel notes of aged bourbon.
Honey brandy adds a bit of sweetness and, more importantly, a more robust boozy punch to the drink.
Cherry bitters complete the theme of the cocktail and give it much-needed bitterness.
11. Smoked Mojito
Did you know that rum is made from sugarcane?
It’s no surprise that this rum-based cocktail is so sweet.
A squeeze of lime juice mellows the sweetness of this drink with its acidity.
The mint-infused simple syrup gives this cocktail a crisp, refreshing finish.
It’s also a life hack if you’re serving a large party since you don’t have to muddle mint leaves every time.
Out of mint?
Use basil or any aromatic herb substitutes if you’re in a pinch!
This cocktail is a sweet-smoky blend with just enough booze to be a crowd-pleaser.
Islay whiskey is known for its bold peaty taste and aroma that can be a bit overpowering in most cases.
The whiskey is wonderfully tamed in this cocktail by pear nectar and honey.
Unlike simple syrup, which has a neutral sweetness, pear nectar and honey can hold their own when mixed with solid flavors.
The bright apple flavor from the pear nectar shines in this cocktail.
We all have fond childhood memories of drinking hot cocoa on a snow day.
Since we’re all grown-ups, it’s time to curl up with a tasty hot chocolate cocktail during the holiday season.
Cinnamon and cayenne powder adds a warm and spicy vibe that feels like a warm hug.
A dose of bourbon will do the trick to help you feel the drink.
This cocktail is best enjoyed when paired with a yummy snack.
We recommend Christmas cookies, but you do you!
We all know that everything’s better with bacon, but who knew that they also go on cocktails?
But if it works, it works, right?
And it really does in this cocktail!
The rich and savory bacon plays well with the fresh and tart Roma tomato sauce blend.
Horseradish gives the cocktail a bit of spiciness.
Using garden-fresh tomatoes is best, so you can use this as an opportunity to show off your harvest to your friends and family!
This Hickory Smoked Bloody Mary cocktail tastes divine!
The medley of lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato juice complements the mildly bitter flavor of vodka.
The fun part is burning hickory wood chips.
Be careful with the smoking gun; you don’t want them to be burned.
The bottom line
No wonder smoked cocktails are getting trendy recently—they’re a drink and show in one.
The flavor you get depends on the type of wood you use and how long you let the smoke infuse into the drink.
There’s a lot of opportunity for experimentation, so get ready to let your inner mixologist out!
If you need inspiration for your next tipsy masterpiece, look no further than our list of 15 smoky cocktail recipes.
- Smoked Rosemary & Blackberry Whiskey Sour
- Smoky Mezcal Negroni
- Peach Maple Bourbon Smash
- Smoked Manhattan With Cinnamon Cocktail
- Haunted Graveyard
- Smoked Old Fashioned
- Orange Cranberry Smoked Cocktail
- Smoked Winter Gin & Tonic Cocktail
- Smoked Margarita Sour
- The Smoked Cherry
- Smoked Mojito
- Smoked Pear & Vodka
- Smoked Hot Chocolate
- Smoked Bloody Mary With Smoked Bacon
- Hickory Smoked Bloody Mary
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