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Smoked Manhattan Recipe

The Manhattan is one of my go-to cocktails and I love to try variations of it. Smoking a Manhattan brings out a lot of the smoky notes from the rye and I love the presentation of it. There are lots of ways to smoke a cocktail, but for this recipe I smoke the already made cocktail using a PolyScience smoking gun.

I give a standard rye Manhattan recipe below, but you can use any Manhattan recipe you prefer. This method also works with Old Fashioned and any other drink you'd like to add a smoky flavor to.

Smoked manhattan smoking

The cocktail shaker and strainer is from Barfly, which I was given for free to test out and I've really been enjoying.

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Smoked Manhattan Recipe

  • Published: January 11, 2018
  • By Jason Logsdon
  • Makes: 1 cocktail

Ingredients for Smoked Manhattan

  • For the Smoked Manhattan

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Wood chips and smoking gun
  • 1 maraschino or Luxardo cherry

Cooking Instructions for Smoked Manhattan

For the Smoked Manhattan

Place the rye, sweet vermouth and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain the cocktail out into a short cocktail glass and add the cherry.

Smoked manhattan pouring

Place the tube of the smoking gun into cocktail and fill it with smoke. For added presentation, you can cover the glass with a coaster or glass dome to hold in the smoke as you serve it.

  • Smoked manhattan smoking wide
  • Smoked manhattan covered
  • Smoked manhattan released

Nutritional Information for Smoked Manhattan

  • Calories: 233
  • Fat: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 6g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Smoked Manhattan Recipe

1 cocktail Ingredients: 2 ounces rye whiskey 1 ounce sweet vermouth 2 dashes Angostura bitters Wood chips and smoking gun 1 maraschino or Luxardo cherry
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The Manhattan is one of my go-to cocktails and I love to try variations of it. Smoking a Manhattan brings out a lot of the smoky notes from the rye and I love the presentation of it.
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Jason logsdon headshot This article is by me, Jason Logsdon. I'm a passionate home cook who loves to try new things, especially when it comes to cooking. I've explored everything from sous vide and whipping siphons to pressure cookers and blow torches; created foams, gels and spheres; made barrel aged cocktails and brewed beer. I have also written 10 cookbooks on modernist cooking and sous vide and I run the AmazingFoodMadeEasy.com website.