8 Best Smoked Cocktails: Ignite Your Taste Buds (2023)

Last Updated on November 26, 2023 by Lydia Martin

There’s something genuinely magical about savoring a cocktail that the subtle allure of smoke has kissed. It adds a layer of complexity, a touch of mystery, and a depth of flavor that’s simply irresistible.

Intrigued by the growing popularity of smoked cocktails, we decided to try out some of the best smoked cocktails ourselves. Keep reading and learn about these smoked cocktail recipes.

Top 8 Smoked Cocktails To Try At Home

1. Smoked Manhattan Cocktail

Making Smoked Manhattan Cocktail

Manhattan is a crowd-favorite cocktail [1], and you can level up your favorite recipe with a delightful smoky flavor.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 oz sweet/red vermouth
  • 2 Luxardo Maraschino cocktail cherries
  • Cherry wood chips

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, combine the Bourbon Whiskey, vermouth, and bitters with ice. Stir until well-chilled.

Pour the mixture into a coupe or whiskey glass. Add a pinch of cherry wood chips to the Smoke Lid.

“In the world of cocktails, a little smoke can add a whole lot of intrigue and depth.”-Liquor Laboratory

Place the Smoke Lid on top of the highball glass. Carefully ignite the wood chips until smoke is visible inside the glass. Add smoke on top for a smoky presentation of the smoky cocktail.

Serving: 1

2. Smoked Cherry Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Man Holding Glass of Smoked Cherry Old Fashioned

Smoked old-fashioned has rich flavors and a modern twist with the sweet essence of cherries.

Prep Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes


  • 2 oz Campfire Whiskey
  • 3 Smoked Cherries
  • 1 tsp Smoked Cherry Simple Syrup
  • Splash of aromatic bitters

Instructions: Add a spoonful of smoked cherries to the bottom of the glass and muddle them. Add ice, smoked cherry simple syrup, a splash of Anastoga Bitters, and 2 oz of Campfire Whiskey to the glass.

Gently stir the ingredients and serve the Smoked Old Fashioned with an orange peel or a smoked cherry for garnish.

Serving: 1

3. Smoked Manhattan with Cinnamon Cocktail

Glass of Smoked Manhattan with Cinnamon Cocktail

A delightful blend of bourbon with hints of cinnamon and maraschino cherry sweetness, all infused with a subtle smoky essence.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • ¾ oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry syrup
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish

Instructions: Very carefully light the end of the cinnamon stick on fire, then blow it out or let the flame extinguish.

Place the smoking cinnamon stick on a heatproof plate and cover it with an upside-down cocktail glass. In a mixing glass filled with ice, add bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters, and cherry syrup.

Stir the mixture well and strain the Manhattan into the smoked cocktail glass.

Serving: 1

4. Smoky Mezcal Negroni

Bartender Making Mezcal Negroni

A bold and smoky twist on the classic Negroni, with the perfect balance of Campari, mezcal, and charred orange.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Mezcal
  • 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Smoked Simple Syrup

Instructions: In a rocks glass filled with ice, combine Campari, mezcal, sweet vermouth, and smoked simple syrup. Stir the mixture well.

Serving: 1

5. Smoked Wood Margarita

Glass of Smoked Wood Margarita

This smoked cocktail boasts a smoky flavor and a refreshing twist on the classic Margarita [2].

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 2 oz. Reposado Tequila

  • 3/4 oz. Cointreau
  • 3/4 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1/4 oz. Agave Syrup
  • Cherry Wood Smoking Chips
  • Coarse Kosher Salt
  • Lime Wedges


Fill the chamber of the Smoking Gun Pro with cherrywood chips.

Fill a cock tail shaker with ice, then add all the ingredients. Fill the shaker with dense smoke using the Smoking Gun Pro.

Shake the mixture for 8-10 seconds or until it’s chilled and slightly diluted. Double-strain the cocktail into a coupe glass rimmed with coarse kosher salt. Garnish the cocktail with a lime wedge.

Serving: 1

6. Smoked Bloody Mary with Smoked Bacon

Two Glasses of Smoked Bloody Mary with Smoked Bacon

It is a classic Bloody Mary with a twist of smoked tomatoes and crispy bacon.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes


  • Smoked tomatoes
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 5 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish
  • Juice of 1 whole medium-sized lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 oz vodka

Instructions: Transfer the smoked tomatoes to a food processor or blender and pulse until they are pureed and juiced.

Add the ingredients and stir well to combine. Rim a pint-sized glass with lemon juice, then dip it upside down into the seasoning mixture. For extra flair, consider mixing smoked salt with the seasoning for the glass rim.

Add ice cubes to the glass, pour the vodka, and top with the Bloody Mary mixture. Stir gently. Garnish with smoked bacon, pickled asparagus, a celery stick, and lemon wedges.

Serving: 4

7. Bourbon Toscano

A delightful blend of Kentucky straight bourbon with a unique and smoky twist.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 1/2 oz Kentucky straight bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Aperol
  • 2 dashes of rosemary cocktail spice bitters
  • Smoked ice cubes
  • Dehydrated rosemary sprig and orange wheel


In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine the liquor, Aperol, and smoky rosemary syrup or cocktail spice bitters.

Stir the mixture until well chilled. Strain the cocktail into an Old Fashioned glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with a dehydrated or burnt rosemary sprig.

Serving: 1

8. Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita

Woman Holding Glass of Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita

A smoky and autumn-inspired twist on the classic Margarita.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 oz mezcal or silver tequila
  • 1/2 oz sweet orange liqueur
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • Cinnamon sugar and flaky sea salt
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • Apple slices and cinnamon sticks

Instructions: Combine the mezcal or tequila, orange liqueur, apple cider, lime juice, and maple syrup in a shaker.

Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously to combine all the ingredients. Strain the mixture into the prepared glass. Optionally, rim your glass with cinnamon sugar and flaky sea salt.

“If life gives you limes, make margaritas.”-Jimmy Buffett, Musician

Garnish your Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita with apple slices and cinnamon sticks. For an extra smoky effect, you can even light the cinnamon stick on fire if desired.

Serving: 1

Note: The overall enjoyment rating was determined during a blind taste based on the popularity of the cocktail, unique smoke flavor combinations, and overall appeal.


What liquors are good smoked?

Whiskey [3], mezcal, tequila, rum, gin, vodka, brandy, ginger beer, green chartreuse liqueur, oloroso sherry wine, and other spirit-forward cocktails (espresso martini) can be enhanced through smoking, adding depth and complexity to cocktails.

The choice of wood chips and smoking method (liquid smoke, cocktail smoker, or smoking gun) influences the flavor of the finished cocktail.

Do smoked cocktails taste better?

Yes, smoked cocktails can offer a distinct and enhanced flavor profile that many find enjoyable and intriguing. You can use a smoking gun, cocktail smoker, or torch to level up your Old Fashioned.

The smoky infusion can elevate the drinking experience, making them taste better for those who appreciate the unique smoky notes and aromas in their cocktails.

Is smoking a cocktail good?

Smoking a cocktail can be good or enjoyable for those who appreciate the unique flavor and aroma that smoking adds to the drink.

The smoke can be in perfect harmony with mixers like hibiscus syrup, watermelon juice, rosemary simple syrup, tonic water, and many more.

It can enhance the drinking experience and create a memorable and distinctive flavor profile. We have provided smoked cocktail recipes that you can try at home.

In Conclusion

Smoked cocktails have emerged as a captivating trend in mixology, offering a unique and memorable drinking experience.

The infusion of smoky flavors adds depth and complexity to classic and contemporary concoctions, making them a must-try for cocktail enthusiasts.

Manhattan Cocktail (Smoked), the Smoked Cherry Old-Fashioned Cocktail, and Manhattan with Cinnamon Cocktail (Smoked) are the best smoked cocktails.

Experimenting with smoked cocktails at home can lead to delightful and intriguing flavor combinations that elevate your mixology game [4].



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here or feel free to give Lydia a tip.

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