Drinks and Cocktails

Smoked Manhattan

Smoked Manhattan

I’m always amazed at smoke’s ability to give you an entirely new perspective on a dish or drink you’ve enjoyed for decades. Case in point, the Manhattan. Use a handheld smoker to add smoke to this classic cocktail. The result is intensely smoky, sophisticated, and utterly different.


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Smoked Manhattan

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Serves 1 and can be multiplied as desired
  • Method: Handheld smoker
  • Equipment: Polyscience Smoking Gun; a bar shaker, strainer, and bar or iced tea spoon


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon (preferably Maker’s Mark)
  • 1 ounce red vermouth
  • 2 drops bitters (preferably Angostura)
  • Stemmed maraschino cherry
  • Smoked ice (optional; see note below)

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Fill a martini glass with ice to chill it.

Step 2: Place the bourbon, vermouth, and bitters in a bar shaker. Cover with plastic wrap. Insert the rubber tube of a smoking gun in the shaker and smoke for 4 minutes. Repeat once more.

Step 3: Add smoked ice cubes and stir the mixture vigorously for 30 seconds.

Step 4: Strain the Manhattan into a chilled glass. Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

Recipe Tips

Note: To smoke ice, place the cubes in a roasting pan and smoke in a smoker set on coldest setting possible for 30 minutes. The ice will melt. Refreeze the water in ice cube trays.

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