Smoked Manhattan Cocktail

Smoked Manhattan Cocktail

Posted: February 15, 2024
Category: Classic



  1. If you're planning to smoke the cocktail, start by preparing your smoking device. Place a small amount of wood chips in the smoking gun or smoking box according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, combine the rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters.
  3. Fill the mixing glass or shaker with ice cubes.
  4. Stir the mixture well for about 20-30 seconds to chill and properly dilute the drink. Stirring helps achieve the perfect balance of flavors without overly diluting the cocktail.
  5. If you're smoking the cocktail, place the mixing glass over the smoking gun's nozzle or inside the smoking box. Turn on the smoking gun or ignite the wood chips in the smoking box, allowing the smoke to infuse into the cocktail for about 20-30 seconds. If using a smoking box, cover it with a lid to capture the smoke.
  6. Once smoked, strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass or over a large ice cube in a rocks glass.
  7. Garnish your Smoked Manhattan with a Luxardo cherry or brandied cherry skewered on a cocktail pick and a twist of orange peel. To release the oils, twist the peel over the drink and rub it around the rim of the glass before dropping it in.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy the rich, smoky flavors of this elevated classic cocktail.


Behold the Smoked Manhattan – a libation that transcends mere mixology, embodying the essence of refinement and allure. Like a secret whispered among the stars, this cocktail beckons with an enigmatic charm that captivates the senses and tantalizes the soul.

Picture a dimly lit lounge, where the clink of crystal glasses mingles with the soft murmur of conversation. In this ambiance of understated elegance, the Smoked Manhattan emerges as a beacon of sophistication, its depths as mysterious as the night itself.

At its core lies the noble spirit of rye whiskey, its amber hue a testament to the passage of time and tradition. Enveloped in the embrace of sweet vermouth, it finds balance and harmony, while a whisper of Angostura bitters lends a subtle complexity, like a fleeting memory of days gone by.

But it is in the art of smoke that this cocktail truly finds its signature flourish. With a veil of fragrant wood smoke, it transforms, ascending to a realm of sensory delight where the familiar meets the ethereal. Each sip becomes a journey, a symphony of flavor and aroma that unfolds with every passing moment.

Garnished with a Luxardo cherry, a jewel-like reminder of indulgence, and an orange twist, its zest a playful dance upon the palate, the Smoked Manhattan is a masterpiece of mixology – a testament to craftsmanship and imagination.

So raise your glass, dear connoisseur, and allow yourself to be whisked away on a journey of taste and intrigue. For in the Smoked Manhattan, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the cocktail hour becomes an experience to be savored, cherished, and remembered for eternity. Cheers to the art of the cocktail, and to the timeless allure of the Smoked Manhattan.