Smoked Tequila Old Fashioned

by James Stevenson

I don’t always smoke my cocktails, but when the right occasion arises I have no issue pulling out all my “fancy” tricks to impress a crowd. Not only does this simple technique make you look like a cocktail master, but also your friends will think you are the coolest person they know (yes we are back in high school BTW).

I always love Old Fashioned’s because I grew up drinking whiskey and when I moved into cocktails I of course started with all the bourbon classics. Over time as I have explored other spirits I have replicated these bourbon classics with different ingredients and so far I think the Tequila Old Fashioned is one of the few that tastes better than the original. Using the añejo expression from Gran Centenario Tequila brings a great balance to this cocktail, as it is slightly sweet after aging in American oak barrels for over 16 months. The sweet, earthy notes from the agave syrup are balanced deliciously by the orange bitters and by adding a sprig of thyme into the cocktail you get wonderful herbal notes with every sip.

Recipe:

Method:

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice
  2. Stir gently to chill and combine ingredients
  3. Strain into a double old fashioned glass over fresh ice
  4. Garnish
  5. Smoke

Equipment Needed: Smoking gun with cherry wood

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