We haven’t really enjoyed restaurants or fancy cocktail bars since March, so these days we try to find fun and flavor in things we whip up at home. It has honestly been a good opportunity and incentive to better our culinary and cocktail-making skills. At the beginning of quarantine, we purchased a food & drinker smoking gun, and now that fall is officially here, it has felt super appropriate to smoke all the delicious things. I know it’s only Tuesday, but we have family in town and have been in celebratory mode over here, enjoying each other’s company. I’ll admit- that hasn’t left me with much time for the blog, but we have been eating amazing food and having festive drinks (which I felt compelled to share today). We made these over the weekend and I figured it was time to photograph one of our favorites because it’s the perfect drink for fall… the smoked old fashioned. Click through for the recipe! We’ve been smoke infusing everything lately.
I know Halloween will look different for many this year- with fewer parties and events, but if you still want the upcoming spooky holiday to feel festive, this fun and classic cocktail is one to save and try at home! The swirling smoke is mesmerizing and it tastes like the fall season… whiskey, citrus, hickory smoke, and bitters that cut the palette, but with a hint of sweetness from the orange, sugar cube, and a very fancy maraschino cherry. It’s mine and Emmett’s favorite- especially this time of year! It feels like a special treat.
Smoked Old Fashioned
- 2 oz bourbon
- 2 dashes angostura bitters
- 1 sugar cube
- 2 orange slices
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 large ice cube
- In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, carefully muddle the sugar, bitters, and one orange slice. Remove the orange rind once muddled.
- Next, add the bourbon and ice into the cocktail shaker.
- Using the smoker gun, pump smoke into the cocktail shaker for 15 seconds, before capping it off with the shaker lid. Allow it to rest for a minute.
- Shake the cocktail until the shaker is cold and frosty on the exterior.
- Pour into an old fashioned cocktail glass and garnish with the remaining orange slice and a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!
The food smoking gun is such a cool kitchen gadget. Back in January, Emmett and I were going to a movie and we always like to grab an appetizer and a cocktail before the show starts. We both ordered our favorite smoked old fashioned and asked the bartender if she could share how to create this cool cocktail. Luckily, she was not only nice enough to share the recipe with us, but she also kindly sent me a link for the exact smoking gun they used at the restaurant… which happened to be Breville brand. I ordered it from Crate & Barrel that night, and we’ve been smoke infusing food & drinks at home, ever since.
The smoker gun came with a bunch of good recipes, and a few different smoke flavors to test- like applewood and hickory. You can switch the tiny smoking chips to your preferred flavor. I like applewood and Emmett prefers hickory- go figure.
You pump the smoke into the cocktail shaker, and enclose it with the lid. We allow it to rest for a minute, shake things up really well, and pour it into a prepared old fashioned glass. It’s really an entertaining and impressive cocktail to make, despite the fact that it is easy to throw together!
We’ve been learning to appreciate the little things this year- seasonal flavors, being home, time with loved ones, and making the most of simple moments. I so enjoy the time we share in our kitchen together!
Do you have any favorite fall food or cocktails that put a smile on your face this time of year? It’s fun to keep the tradition of making our favorites at certain times of the year! I hope you’re all having a good week so far. We’ve been spending a lot of time outside with our family. It has been nice to appreciate the season and soak up the incredible, crisp mountain air.
KingaSeptember 29, 2020 at 4:07 am
Oh I love old fashioned and Now I need a drink haha and it’s only noon in France 😆
I need to stock up on cherries, as after this classy dark photos I need to do it at home, t to thank you for inspiration and have a great time with family
SarahSeptember 29, 2020 at 10:34 am
Haha!! It’s five o’clock somewhere, Kinga ;) We’ve been having lots of fun making craft cocktails at home lately. Hopefully you can enjoy them soon with your family!
PeggiSeptember 29, 2020 at 4:50 am
Your nice, full bourbon bottle reminds me that we just emptied ours! We’ve developed a little Sunday evening routine of watching a tv show with a different weekly cocktail. Last week was a cider bourbon drink (that obviously needs a name!). I’m intrigued by this smoking business. I enjoy smoked turkey and fish, but I’m trying to imagine that flavor in a drink. Your photos are definitely dreamy! I’d be interested in other recipes you’ve tried with this device. Smoked mac & cheese? Smoked apple pie? Hmmmm.
Sounds like you are having a lovely family visit! Yay! How was your first try at golf? It’s basically a beautiful walk in the sun, right?😉 Here’s to more adventures; the week’s not over yet!
SarahSeptember 29, 2020 at 10:33 am
Since liquor is difficult to come by here in Utah, we make trips to the liquor store every other month…. can you tell we just stocked up?! Haha! I love your Sunday evening routine of watching a TV show with a different weekly cocktail. That sounds so fun! Back when we were watching Mad Men, we made a different cocktail inspired by the show, one a week- and same for Game of Thrones. If you’re into bourbon cider drinks, this one is my FAVORITE: https://roomfortuesday.com/maple-bourbon-cider/ I actually would rather have a smokey drink than food. Emmett is all about smoked meats, but I’m not a huge meat eater- so the flavor is nice in cocktail form for me. I do love turkey and fish, but he’s very into smoking red meats- which is not my thing. So far, we’ve smoked cocktails, mac & cheese, corn, and even wedge salads. We are really having an awesome time with family! Golf was super fun, but I am terrible at it. Ha! I was just happy to be outside. Hope you’re having a happy Tuesday :) xo
Anne HSeptember 29, 2020 at 5:46 pm
Ha ha! We did the SAME thing w/ Mad Men every week, Sarah. Dang, I miss that show. I don’t get nearly drunk enough on Sunday nights now. 🤣
SarahSeptember 30, 2020 at 8:59 am
Right?! Hahah!! I loved that series so much. That’s how I ended up with the Vintage Cocktail book in the first place :)
Anne HSeptember 29, 2020 at 5:54 pm
There’s something so satisfying about emptying a bottle of liquor or is that just me? 😂Peggi, if you liked your cider drink, have you tried a Stone Wall? The recipe is from Nole and Andrew over at Oh So Beautiful Paper, but it’s basically 1.5 oz bourbon, 1 oz apple cider, 6 oz peach lambic and 3 dashes bitters. It’s so simple and super tasty although lambic beers can sometimes be hard to find. They’re generally in a large pint size bottle. Yum! Hope you’re having a fantastic week!
SarahSeptember 30, 2020 at 8:58 am
A Stone Wall… we’re going to have to try that one! Sounds delicious!
Danna FSeptember 29, 2020 at 9:54 am
You 2 are just too cool for words! I love whisky, tequila, rum and this ‘smoking gun’ has me intrigued! I printed out your recipe and will share with my hubby who is our bartender of the house!
When my husband and I were first married, we would eat out once a week at a new restaurant and try new drinks. I recently told him we needed to try this again. Fun memories.
Your dark, moody pictures are so good Sarah! It’s early here but you have me thinking about cocktails!
SarahSeptember 29, 2020 at 10:22 am
Haha! We’re all about a good cocktail! The smoker gun is really so much fun and the flavor is awesome. I’m not as into smoked food, but smoked drinks are my new thing! I love that you and your husband would eat out once a week and try new food and drinks… we used to do that too (pre pandemic). We would have a standing date night once a week and we tried not to repeat restaurants. I love that you guys did that too. These days, we’ve been doing more of that at home… shaking up our dinner routine by trying new meals, and taking the time to make craft cocktails. It has been nice and gives us something to look forward to :) Let me know if your hubby makes the recipe! Would love to know what the two of you think. Have a great day, Danna! xo
Danna FSeptember 29, 2020 at 11:35 am
I just read your Halloween Cocktails post (circa 2017)….great mix of drinks. Now I have some new ones to try! ;)
SarahSeptember 29, 2020 at 2:51 pm
I need to revisit that post, too!! :)
Anne HSeptember 29, 2020 at 5:43 pm
Ooooo, how fascinating! I had no idea that super cool contraption existed, but now thanks to you, I have a Christmas present for B, so thank you!! I’m personally not a huge fan of smoked anything unless it comes from around a campfire, which is obviously a huge no-no right now, but you do have me intrigued. Have you tried “flaming” the orange peel? B thinks he’s finally getting the hang of it. Old Fashioned’s and Sazarac’s are totally his thing. Wonderful to hear you’re enjoying your time with family and I’m so happy they could come visit. Since you know Halloween is my favorite holiday, 😉I’m super bummed to not be coming out to go Trick or Treating w/ the nephews, but I have to go back down to NOLA this month for what will hopefully be my LAST reconstruction surgery. They may not even be going though this year, obviously. Sad to hear UT cases are rising, too.😔Looks like we won’t be able to get back to restaurant date nights for a while yet, but that’s kinda okay, because you guys have great, creative ones for sure and love that you’re sharing them with us. SUPER cool photos, btw! Cheers to you and E! 🥂
SarahSeptember 30, 2020 at 9:06 am
Ohhh yes!! I’m guessing he’ll love it- especially since he sounds like quite the bartender (and you also get to benefit with delicious drinks)! Yes- occasionally we’ll flame the orange peel… I wouldn’t say we have it mastered though. Ha! Emmett and I have been very into Old Fashioned and Manhattan cocktails lately. Halloween is definitely going to be strange this year, and yay for your very LAST surgery, Anne! I bet you’re just ready to get it over with. Cheers to a new chapter! Cases here in Utah are continuing to spike, sadly. Restaurant dates are on hold, but we’re cooking up a storm in our own kitchen :) Hope you’re having a wonderful week! xo