The Smoked Manhattan Cocktail Recipe: A Smokey Twist On A Classic Bourbon Cocktail

smoked manhattan
The Smoked Manhattan Cocktail Recipe: A Smokey Twist On A Classic Bourbon Cocktail
Smokey scotch is an acquired taste, and this is actually a pretty good way to acquire it.

Sometimes I like to make drinks that don’t involve 13 ingredients, including various homemade liquors. This one’s not quite a standard Manhattan, but just replacing a scant half ounce of the American whiskey with peaty scotch takes it to a whole different place without veering too far from how the drink is supposed to taste.

Smokey scotch is an acquired taste, and this is actually a pretty good way to acquire it. Too often people go right for trying to sip a dram of it neat, and then get overwhelmed and turned off. Making cocktails with a splash of smoke lets you get used to the flavor more gradually.

Half an ounce doesn’t sound like much, but it brings plenty of smoke to the party, which is just fine by me! If you think that’s going to be too much, there’s no harm in dropping down to a quarter ounce or even just a barspoon full.

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This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts.

smoked manhattan cocktail recipe

The Smoked Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

A smokey twist on a classic bourbon cocktail
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 Drink

Equipment

  • Pint Glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Chilled cocktail strainer

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

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Christopher Buecheler

Christopher Buecheler is a novelist, a web developer, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer, a guitarist, a drummer, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic life with his wife and two cats, currently residing in Providence, RI. You can learn more at his website, cwbuecheler.com.