Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Drinks and Cocktails

Smoky Martini

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

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Dragon’s Breath

For months, I’ve been hearing about a smoking cocktail (literally) named the Dragon’s Breath. So my first stop on a recent trip to Scottsdale was the restaurant Renegade, where a […]

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Agave Heaven

This smoky twist on a margarita is the house specialty at the historic Hotel Fauchere in Milford, Pennsylvania. The smoke comes from the mescal (made with fire-roasted cactus hearts). The […]

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Smoky Manhattan

Whiskey has a natural affinity with wood smoke—after all, it’s aged in fire-charred barrels. If you think a classic Manhattan is good, wait until you try the scotch-enhanced version.

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“Cider Press” (Chimayó Cocktail)

To experience the Spanish Southwest, visit a town like Chimayó with its adobe churches and apple orchards planted by Spanish missionaries. Chimayó’s superlative apple cider was the inspiration for this […]

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Your Basic Margarita

The Raichlen version has a smoky twist: real-deal mezcal distilled from smoked agave hearts (I like the Del Maguey brand), blended with fresh lime juice—I wouldn’t object if you grilled […]

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