Take your classic Manhattan to a new level with this Smoked Manhattan Recipe! Give a subtle smoke flavor to a great drink, to create my new favorite cocktail!
When it comes to crafting cocktails, one essential element that can truly elevate the experience is smoke. Adding a touch of smoky flavor to a drink not only enhances its complexity but also creates a captivating sensory experience. Whether it's using smoked ingredients or incorporating a smoking technique, the use of smoke at the top of cocktails adds an enticing twist.
It enthralls the senses with its alluring aroma and mesmerizing visual appeal, making every sip a unique and memorable adventure. From classic favorites like Smoked Old Fashioneds to innovative creations like smoked margaritas, the inclusion of smoke on top of cocktails brings a delightful and unexpected dimension to any drinking occasion.
Ingredients for Smoked Manhattan Recipe
Rye Whiskey - Rye is the key ingredient for this classic cocktail. This whiskey is distilled from grain where the mash bill is at least 51% rye grain. This whiskey unveils an intricate symphony of flavors that tantalize the most discerning palates.
Sweet Vermouth - This fortified wine had its origin as a medicinal tonic in ancient civilizations. Over the years, it emerged as a pivotal ingredient in several cocktails such as this Manhattan and well as the classic Negroni.
Angostura Bitters - The bitters do a wonderful job of adding flavor and bringing the cocktail together. I use aromatic bitters, you can also try this with orange bitters.
Maraschino Cherry - A sweet classic garnish. If you can find bourbon cherries, those are the best.
Ice cubes - And of course, you will need a few ice cubes for the mixing glass as well as the rocks glass if you are serving it that way.
What equipment is needed for a Smoked Manhattan?
Mixing Glass - Mixing glass will allow you to properly combine all the ingredients and stir them to get the proper chill for the cocktail.
Cocktail Strainer - This allows you to pour the cocktail into your serving glasses without adding melted ice cubes.
Rocks Glass or a Cocktail Glass - Deciding if you want to serve this straight up or on the rocks is an important decision.
Smoker and Woodchips - You have a few options for smoking the cocktail. I recommend using a cocktail smoker. I think these create the best smoked cocktails. It sits on top of the cocktail glass. Then you have a smoking chip and ignite it with a kitchen torch. The smoke drops through the holes in the smoker to flavor the cocktail. You also have the option to use a handheld smoker. Just follow the instructions for whatever model you have and add a layer of smoke to the top of the cocktail glass.
How to Make a Smoked Manhattan
Add about half a cup of ice along with the rye, vermouth, and bitters to a mixing glass. Using a long spoon, stir the cocktail for about 5 seconds. You will feel the outside of the mixing glass getting cold as you stir. Then strain the cocktail into the serving glass of your choice. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.
Place the cocktail smoker on top of the glass. Next, add wood chips to the smoker and ignite them with your butane torch for about 5 seconds as the smoke falls into the cocktail. Place the glass in front of your guest before removing the smoker. As you remove the smoker, the smoke will swirl and greater a beautiful dramatic presentation both visually and aromatically. Enjoy!
What is a Smoked Manhattan Cocktail?
In the realm of classic cocktails, few drinks command as much respect and admiration as the Manhattan. This timeless concoction, traditionally made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, has captured the hearts of cocktail enthusiasts for over a century. But what if we were to add a smoky twist to this beloved libation? Enter the Smoked Manhattan – an innovative variation that infuses the drink with an alluring depth of flavor and complexity.
The concept of smoking cocktails has gained popularity in recent years, as mixologists seek new ways to push boundaries and elevate traditional recipes. By introducing smoke into the equation, they aim to enhance aromatic profiles while imparting an intriguing smokiness that tantalizes both the nose and palate.
How do I use a Smoke Top?
To use a cocktail smoker, start by preparing the cocktail you want to smoke. Choose a cocktail with flavors that will complement the smoky aroma, such as an Old Fashioned or a Whiskey Sour. Once your cocktail is ready, load wood chips of your choice into the chamber of the smoker. Popular options include applewood, hickory, or cherrywood. Light the wood chips using a lighter or torch and let them smolder for a few seconds until they begin producing smoke. Quickly cover the smoking chamber with a lid or glass dome to trap the smoke inside. Place your prepared cocktail glass under the lid and allow it to fill with smoke for about 30 seconds to a minute, depending on how strong you want the smoky flavor to be. Finally, remove the lid and carefully pour your smoked cocktail into the glass, capturing all the delicious flavors and aromas from the smoker. Enjoy!
What are some other craft cocktail recipes?
If you're looking to try some new and delicious cocktails, we highly recommend giving our Banana Mama a go. With its blend of tropical flavors and smooth texture, it's the perfect choice for those who love fruity and refreshing drinks.
For a twist on the classic Paloma, our Pink Paloma is a must-try with its vibrant pink hue and grapefruit-infused taste.
And for those seeking a unique and floral experience, our Lavender Lemonade is just what you need - its fragrant lavender notes perfectly complement the zesty lemonade base.
So why wait? Explore these tantalizing options and elevate your cocktail game today!
- 2 oz rye whiskey
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes bitters
- 1 maraschino cherry for garnish
- In a cocktail mixing glass, add half a cup of ice.
- Add the rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
- Stir for 5 seconds.
- Strain into a cocktail glass or rocks glass.
- Place a cocktail smoker on top of the glass. Add a pinch of wood chips. Ignite woodchips with a torch lighter to create smoke for about 5 seconds.
- Remove the smoker from the glass and garnish with a cherry.