Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


Smoky Martini

Recipe adapted from Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

This martini is fortified with liquid smoke, which makes it perfect for a barbecue.


  • Yield: 1 serving (multiply as needed)
  • Equipment: Martini Glass
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  • 2 ounces eally good gin (like Hendrick’s)
  • 1 ounce dry white vermouth (like Noilly Prat)
  • 2 drops liquid smoke
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2-inch wide strip of lemon zest (remove it from the lemon with a vegetable peeler)

Step 1: Get 1 martini glass, chilled in the freezer or with ice.

Step 2: Combine the gin, vermouth, liquid smoke, and ice in a shaker glass and stir vigorously. Strain into the martini glass.

Step 3: Hold the lemon zest shiny side down about 2 inches above the martini. Squeeze the zest to release the oils, then light a match and hold it under the zest, which will flambe when they hit the match flame. Drop the zest into the martini and serve at once.

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