The Courting Rachel (Smoked Old Fashioned)

Once the smoke subsides, we're left with a potent cocktail, sweet-bitter with a balanced smoky kick. See the recipe for the Courting Rachel »Helen Rosner

Named in honor of the wife of Andrew Jackson (whose nickname was Old Hickory), this punched-up Old Fashioned developed by mixologist Andrew Bohrer of Seattle's Mistral Kitchen gets a rich kick from rye simple syrup and hickory smoke. Bohrer serves it over a single large ice cube which he carves barside to resemble a diamond; if you're not an adept ice-carver, any large-sized ice will do.

The Courting Rachel (Smoked Old Fashioned)
Named in honor of Andrew Jackson's wife, this punched-up Old Fashioned developed by Seattle mixologist Andrew Bohrer gets a rich kick from rye simple syrup and hickory smoke.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Over ice, stir together bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters.
  2. Fill a stoppered decanter (or another sealable container, like a lidded pitcher or jar) with fresh hickory smoke from a handheld food smoker (like PolyScience's Smoking Gun). Strain in the cocktail, seal the decanter, and swirl for one minute. Pour the drink out over ice; serve.