How to Make A Smoked Old Fashioned Cocktail with Recipe

Master the art of smoking an Old Fashioned: infuse your favorite cocktail with rich, aromatic smoke for an unforgettable twist.

If you saw my post last Thursday showcasing the charming ‘Smoking It’ tablescapes, today marks part two. The Supper Club is excited to share incredible recipes to inspire your summer menu.

You can find links to all of the gals posts and recipes at the end of this post.

Today, I am giving this classic cocktail,  the “Old Fashioned,” a new twist with a smokey flavor added. This happens to be one of our go-to cocktails when entertaining guests on special occasions.

Smoking Old Fashioned Cocktail

History of the Old Fashioned

Some say the drink originated in Louisville, Kentucky, in the early 1800’s at a private social club called The Pendennis Club. Other information dates this cocktail back to the late 1600’s where an English Dr Stoughton created bitters for medicinal purposes. His concoction contained concentrated botanicals, barks, roots and peels for “what ails ya”. The advertisements for this elixir suggested taking this with brandy or wine. At this point in history, it was always suggested to add sugar to brandy or wine, naturally involving most of the components of the “Old Fashioned” recipe. So you could say the “Old Fashioned” originated from a medical elixir in the 1600’s for “What ails ya”. And people are still drinking the Old Fashioned today for what ails them!

The classic Old Fashioned is a simple yet sophisticated whiskey cocktail built on a base of spirit (bourbon or rye), sweetened with a touch of sugar or syrup, deepened with aromatic bitters, and brightened by a twist of orange peel.

As an Amazon Associate, I sometimes use affiliate links, meaning a small commission is earned if you purchase via the link. The price will be the same whether you use the affiliate link or go directly to the vendor’s website using a non-affiliate link.

Let me introduce you to the “Smoked Old Fashioned.”

Experience the Smoked Old Fashioned, a timeless classic with a unique twist. This cocktail, infused with the natural flavors of smoke, is a testament to the art of mixology.

A few of the benefits are: 

  • Deeper Flavor Profile: The smoke infuses the drink with new layers of flavor, complementing the whiskey and adding a touch of smokiness that can bring out the charred barrel notes.
  • Increased Complexity: The interplay between the smoky notes, the sweetness, the bitterness, and the citrus creates a more complex and intriguing taste experience.
  • Theatrical Touch: The smoking process adds a visually stunning element to the drink, making it a conversation starter and an impressive presentation for guests.
A smoked old-fashioned cocktail sitting on a pretty table set for a summer's BBQ.

Two Ways to Smoke a Cocktail

Using the Taigen Cocktail Smoker Kit

The Taigen Cocktail Smoker Kit is an easy and great way to smoke cocktails. This quick and easy touch will create a tasty cocktail you won’t forget. 

 Here’s a quick guide:

  1. Materials Needed:
  2. Prepare and Smoke:
    • Fill the smoker’s chamber with wood chips.
    • Place the smoker’s lid over your cocktail glass.
    • Ignite the wood chips with the provided torch, letting smoke fill the glass for 20-30 seconds.
    • Cover the smoking wood chips to trap the smoke into the cocktail.
  3. Serve:
    • Let the cocktail sit with the smoke for a few moments.
    • To serve, remove the smoker lid to allow the trapped smoke to evaporate to the delight of the recipient.
An old fashioned cocktail being smoked with a Taigin smoking kit.
Smoking a cocktail with a smoking dome.

Using a Smoking Box or Glass Dome

Smoking glasses or boxes offer a visually impressive way to smoke cocktails with a fun twist. Here’s how:

  1. Materials Needed:
    • Smoking glass dome or smoking box
    • Wood chips or smoking pellets
    • Torch or lighter
    • Prepared cocktail in an old-fashioned glass
  2. Prepare and Smoke:
    • Place wood chips in the smoking compartment.
    • Ignite the wood chips with a torch, ensuring they burn evenly.
    • For a smoking box, place the cocktail glass inside and close the lid, letting smoke circulate.
  3. Serve:
    • Let the smoke infuse for 1-2 minutes.
    • Remove the lid or open the box and serve immediately.

Simple Ingredients to Make a Smoked Old Fashioned

  • Favorite bourbon
  • Large  ice cube(s)
  • Orange bitters
  • Straight rye whiskey
  • Orange peel twist  
  • Simple syrup, maple syrup, or raw sugar 
  • a jar of maraschino cherry

 Smoked Old Fashioned Recipe Card

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Smoked Old Fashioned Cocktail

Smoked Old Fashioned

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 oz Rye bourbon
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup directions in post to make at home
  • 3 - 4 dashes orange bitters
  • orange peel garnish
  • 2 Maraschino cherries (muddled )
  • Large Ice Cube


  1. Muddle two Maraschino cherries in the bottom of a highball glass.
  2. Pour two oz. Of bourbon into the glass.
  3. Add 0.5 oz simple syrup (directions in post).
  4. Add 3-4 dashes of biters into the glass.
  5. Add a large ice cube.
  6. Rub the rim with the orange peel and place it into the glass.
  7. Stir to mix all of the ingredients together well.


You can choose the bourbon of your choice, I happen to like Makers Mark.

Tools Needed to Make a Smoked Old Fashioned

Taigen Cocktail Smoker Kit

Simple Syrup Recipe

I am pouring Simple Syrup to an old fashioned cocktail.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine Ingredients: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water.
  2. Heat: Place the saucepan over medium heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Simmer: Once the sugar is dissolved, allow the mixture to simmer for 1-2 minutes. Do not let it boil.
  4. Cool: Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the simple syrup cool to room temperature.
  5. Store: Transfer the simple syrup to a clean jar or bottle. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.


  • For a richer flavor, use a 2:1 ratio (2 cups sugar to 1 cup water).
  • Add flavorings like vanilla, mint, or citrus peels while heating for a flavored simple syrup. Remove the added flavorings before storing them.

 Smoked Old Fashioned Recipe


You can gather most of these ingredients at your local liquor store. 

  • 2 oz Rye bourbon
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup directions in post to make at home
  • 3 – 4 dashes orange bitters
  • orange peel garnish
  • 2 Maraschino cherries (muddled)
  • Large Ice Cube

Directions to make a Smoked Old Fashion 

  • Muddle two Maraschino cherries in the bottom of a highball glass. 
  • Combine bourbon into the glass with the cherries.
  • Add 0.5 oz simple syrup (directions in post).
  • Add 3-4 dashes of biters into the glass. 
  • Add a large ice cube. 
  • Rub the orange peel on the rim of the glass and then place the orange twist inside the cocktail.
  • Stir to mix all of the ingredients together well.
  • Place the smoker on top of the glass. 
  • Place wood chips inside the small screen area. 
  • Use the Tiegan torch and burn the wood chips. 
  • Place the lid over the wood chips and let the glass fill with smoke. 
  • Place the cocktail in front of your guest and remove the lid. to allow the smoke to escape. 
  • Enjoy

Variations for a Smoked Old Fashioned Cocktail

Using Different Types of Wood Chips for Smoking

  • Hickory: Adds a strong, earthy smokiness to your cocktail, perfect for whiskey lovers who enjoy robust flavors.
  • Applewood: Offers a sweeter, fruitier smoke that complements the caramel notes in bourbon.
  • Cherrywood: Provides a subtle, fruity smoke that pairs well with both bourbon and rye whiskey.
  • Mesquite: Gives a bold, intense, smoky flavor, ideal for those who enjoy a more pronounced smokiness.

Experimenting with Different Bitters for depth of flavor

  • Chocolate Bitters: Adds a rich, dark chocolate note, enhancing the depth and complexity of the cocktail.
  • Smoked Chili Bitters: Introduces a smoky heat, adding a spicy kick that balances the cocktail’s sweetness.
  • Vanilla Bitters: Infuses a warm, sweet vanilla flavor that complements the smoky elements beautifully.

Adding a Touch of Fruit

  • Muddled Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries can add a unique fruity twist. Muddle a handful of berries to release their juices and natural sweetness.
  • Citrus Twist: Garnish with a lemon or orange peel twist to add a fresh, zesty aroma that enhances the overall flavor profile.

Wrapping it UP

Enjoy the rich, smoky flavors of summer with this unforgettable Smoked Old Fashioned recipe! And don’t forget to check out the delicious recipes from the Supper Club gals below—they all sound amazing.


I hope you enjoyed this post! If you want to stay up-to-date on all my latest content, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and Pinterest!

Other Delicious Summer Recipes

Pin It
Pinterest Image for how to make a smoked old fashioned cocktail

Similar Posts


  1. It’s all about the presentation and you my friend do it best!

  2. I’ve never tried this before, Wendy but it looks amazing and I bet my husband would love it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Wendy McMonigal says:

      My husband loves it too. I hope you get to try it. Thanks Jen!

  3. I love seeing the smoked drinks! We’ve given some of the smoker kits as gifts.

    1. Wendy McMonigal says:

      Thanks Susan. They are so fun to make! We just got ours recently, but I see more smoked cocktails in our future.

  4. Michele - vintage home designs says:

    I’m not typically an Old Fashioned fan, but this might change my mind. My husband is going to love it!!

    1. Wendy McMonigal says:

      Thanks Michele. I hope you enjoy it. My husband loved it too!

  5. RACHEL HARPER says:

    My husband’s favorite cocktail. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much Rachel, My husband loves them as well.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *