Adding a little smoke to the classic Old Fashioned Cocktail takes this drink to the next level!

Adding smoke to this classic cocktail adds depth of flavor that compliments the bourbon, while the simple syrup is infused with rosemary, which also plays a role as a swizzle stick. Serve this at your next party for a great conversation piece!

The smoke in this recipe is achieve by using a tool called the smoking gun, which is a handhelp smoker. By infusing the cocktail with a cloud of smoke and letting it infuse the bourbon, you easily and quickly add nice smokiness. You can use different types of fuel for the smoking gun such as crushed up cigar or even tea to experiment with different flavors! The possibilities are endless!

Smoked Old Fashioned

Smoked Old Fashioned

  • Author: Brian Blair


Makes 1 cocktail


• 2 oz good quality bourbon
• 2 dashes Angostura bitters, or to taste
• 1 large segment orange peel
• 1 teaspoon simple syrup – (simple syrup is a 1/1 ration sugar/water. Cook with rosemary sprig to infuse flavor into the syrup. Can be stored in the refrigerator for a week for making cocktails).
• 1 maraschino cherry


In a decanter or large glass pitcher, add the bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters. Next, turn on your smoking gun and infuse the pitcher with smoke for 1-2 minutes; close the container with a piece of saran wrap so the smoke is trapped into the pitcher. Swirl the bourbon around and then pour it into a old fashioned glass filled with ice. Take the orange peel and swirl around the rim of the glass and then add to the drink. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Enjoy!