Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


Smoked Manhattan

Adapted from Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke

Photo credit: Photo by Richard Dallett


  • 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
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  • 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)

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.

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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