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Dragon’s Breath Cocktail

Recipe from Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke

Photo credit: Richard Dallett

Here’s a cocktail that smokes—literally—thanks to an inverted brandy snifter filled with mesquite smoke. It comes from a Moldovan bartender named Aleks Karavay who I met in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Cointreau and St-Germain provide sweet-sour notes of fruitiness. “Slay your inner beast,” Karavay says. Amen.


  • Yield: Serves 1; can be multiplied as desired
  • Equipment: Handheld smoker
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  • 4 to 6 ice cubes (1 cup; for even more flavor, use smoked ice cubes)
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon (use your favorite)
  • 1 teaspoon St-Germain
  • 1 teaspoon Cointreau (or other orange-flavored liqueur)
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup or smoked simple syrup

Step 1: Load the smoker with sawdust and fire it up following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2: Hold a brandy snifter upside down. Insert the smoker tube into the glass and fill it with smoke until you can’t see through the glass. Tightly cover the glass with a coaster to hold in the smoke and turn it upright.

Step 3: Place the ice cubes in a shaker. Add the bourbon, St-Germain, Cointreau, and simple syrup and stir rapidly for about 20 seconds.

Step 4: Uncover the snifter and immediately strain the cocktail into it. Serve at once, with the smoke still spilling from the glass.

Tips:

St-Germain is an elderflower liqueur.

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