Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall
Check out our Smoked Cherry cocktail, using our fun smoking gun! A great combination of bourbon and brandy in this smoked cocktail!
This past Christmas, we got a new toy to add to our arsenal of kitchen tools, a smoking gun! We have been wanting to play with a smoking gun to make cocktails for a while. This was after seeing one used at our favorite bar to make a smoked cocktail. This smoked cocktail is one that we and many of our friends always order, the cocktail full of a rich smokey flavor and an awesome presentation.
When we got our own smoking gun at home, we couldn’t wait to smoke a cocktail of our own!
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Smoking cocktails is a big trend in mixology these days! It’s a great way to add a ton of savory flavor to a cocktail. Like cured meats where smoking makes the end product better, smoking a cocktail can take a drink that is good and make it a star!
We started out on the Smoked Cherry by choosing a spirit that works really well with smoke like bourbon or a rye. Either already has a hint of natural smoke from the charred barrels used to age the spirits. The warm spicy notes of the bourbon and its natural sweetness are enhanced by the smoke, plus it gives us a big boozy base for the cocktail!
What about Brandy?
Honey and smoke are two unlikely bedfellows. But then, when you think about how honey is gathered, smoke is big part of that process! We decided to add in a little honey brandy which brings some honey flavor while not adding to much sweetness. The brandy also adds a bit more strength to the drink and helps keep the drink in balance.
Normally brandy is served warmed in a brandy snifter. neat. But brandy is also great in a cocktail, as we did in this one.
Will brandy go bad?
If it is open too long the flavor and quality can go down a bit. Once you open it you may want to start drinking it regularly.
We wanted a little herbal aspect to the drink, so we mixed in some vermouth blanc. It’s a sweeter vermouth made from a fortified French white wine (we recommend La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Blanc). This was great in cocktails or by itself. The addition of the vermouth adds a sweet floral hint which really works well with bourbon.
The vermouth has just enough of a tartness like you get from a white wine. This brightens up the cocktail, especially when combined with a splash of fresh squeezed lemon juice.
What Ingredients are Needed for the Smoked Cherry Cocktail?
- Cherry Bitters
- Lemon Juice
- Sage Simple Syrup
- Honey Brandy
- Vermouth Blanco
- Cherry Wood
Tasting the cocktail at this point, we felt it was a little flat. It was a little spirit forward and needed some sweet to bring it into balance. We chose one of our favorite infused syrups, sage simple syrup. We used it because has a nice hint of evergreen and herb. This really works well with the smoke flavors, the feeling reminiscent of a camp fire in an evergreen forest.
A splash of Campari adds a complex bitter citrus note that added a crisp refreshing bite and tied the drink together.
But what about the cherry you ask? After all we called this the Smoked Cherry! Well the first thing we added was a couple of dashes of cherry bitters which brings a tart cherry tang to the drink. But the main cherry flavor we added to this drink was in the smoke. We used some cherry wood as the source of the smoke. If you are lucky enough to have a smoking gun, this is the point to bust it out and smoke that cocktail!
If You Are Looking for More Bourbon Cocktails, Try These!
- Maple Old Fashioned
- Honey Bourbon and Pear Cider
- Roast and Toast
- Apricot Sour
- Earl of Orange
- Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Eggnog
If you don’t have a smoking gun, check out our Bourbon Barrel cocktail where we have a different technique for smoking a glass! We finished up by adding in one of our brandied cherries as a garnish, and to totally make the cherry pop!
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Other Brandy Cocktails
A sweet cherry cocktail with bourbon and honey brandy that we have smoked with cherry wood.
For the Cocktail
- 1.50 ounces bourbon
- .50 ounce honey brandy
- .50 ounce vermouth blanco
- 1 bar spoon or Tbsp Campari
- .25 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- .50 ounce sage simple syrup
- 4 dashes cherry bitters
- cherry wood for smoking
Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice.
Stir until chilled.
Place a large ice cube into a rocks glass.
Strain liquids into the glass.
Place glass in a container for smoking.
Smoke the cocktail with the cherrywood.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 9.9gFiber: 0gSugar: 7.2gProtein: 0.1g
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