Does the idea of a smokey Old Fashioned with a hint of chocolate and salt sound delicious to you? You’ll devour our Leather-Bound Book literary cocktail designed specifically for The Uncorked Librarian readers.
One of our favorite cocktails to drink at The Uncorked Librarian is an Old Fashioned. Old Fashioneds are pretty versatile, and even just a change in bitters or zesty rub can quickly and easily alter their flavor.
We teamed up with our Asheville, NC partners — Cultivated Cocktails and Sarah Resta Photography — to create one delicious smokey Old Fashioned recipe. The vanilla and smokey salted bitters and sugar cubes give this Old Fashioned a mild chocolate flavor without too much sweetness.
Plus, there are no fancy or time-consuming smoking techniques here. Use four simple ingredients and uncover lots of flavors.
So, grab a book, light up the fireplace, and grab your rocks glasses. Learn how to make this smoked Old Fashioned cocktail recipe for book lovers and The Uncorked Librarian readers. Let’s get started!
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Why A Smokey Old Fashioned?
Somewhere into my 30s, I became a more sophisticated drinker — or so I think… Whiskey, gin, bourbon. Bring it on! Truly, Old Fashioned cocktails became the new black. I usually drink an Old Fashioned at least once a week, and our trip to Ireland’s distilleries helped feed the addiction.
Plus, Old Fashioneds are a solid classic cocktail known for being made with whiskey, Angostura bitters, and a giant lump of ice. Pretty simple, right?
I love nothing more than a chocolatey Old Fashioned with a hint of deep smoke paired with a smooth whiskey, which is what we are bringing to our Leather-Bound Book recipe.
What Cocktail Tools Will You Need For This Smoked Old Fashioned Cocktail?
Here at TUL, we always try to keep our cocktail recipes pretty easy and simple. A few typical home bar supplies you will need include:
Cocktail Mixing Glass
Typically, we use a classic shaker with our cocktails. This time, though, we are mixing it up — literally — with a glass cocktail mixing glass. You can also grab an entire glass cocktail mixing kit with a jigger, spoon, muddler, and strainer here.
A double jigger is fantastic for measuring spirits and add-ins. We prefer jiggers that have the incremented measurements notched inside.
A long bar spoon will help you both measure and stir your ingredients. If you don’t have a fancy bar spoon, just use one teaspoon instead.
Whiskey stones are perfect to chill your drink without watering it down. You store them in the fridge, and the best part is that they are reusable.
I always think that a drink tastes better when it sits in a sleek glass. We drink our Old Fashioneds in rocks glasses.
What Ingredients Do You Need For Our Smokey Old Fashioned Recipe?
Our Smoked Old Fashioned requires few ingredients:
- 2 oz Steel Horse Whiskey
- 0.25 oz Cascara Vanilla or Vanilla Extract
- 1-2 Drops of Crude Pooter Bitters (Smoked & Salted Bitters)
- 1 Smoked Sugar Cube (We used sugar cubes from Yes Cocktail Co.)
- 1/4 Cup Ice
How Do You Make Our Leather-Bound Book?
Mixing up this drink takes less than 5-minutes.
Combine the whiskey, Cascara/Vanilla mixture, and bitters into a shaker. Muddle with the smoked sugar cube. Fill 1/4 of the glass with ice. Shake or stir for 30-seconds. Strain the liquid into a glass.
- 2 oz Steel Horse Whiskey
- 0.25 oz Cascara Vanilla Or Vanilla Extract For Coffee/Cocktails
- 1-2 Drops Crude 'Pooter' Bitters (Smoke & Salt Bitters)
- 1 Smoked Sugar Cube
- 1/4 cup Ice
1. Combine the whiskey, Cascara/vanilla mix, and bitters into a cocktail mixing glass.
2. Muddle with the smoked sugar cube.
3. Fill 1/4 of the glass with ice.
4. Shake or stir for 30-seconds.
5. Strain the liquid into a rocks glass over a whiskey cube.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 417Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g
Let Us Know What You Think Of This Smokey Old Fashioned Recipe
Did you try making our smoked Old Fashioned? What did you think? Did you add or change any ingredients?
Please let us know what you think in the comments and tag @ theuncorkedlibrarian and @ cultivatedcocktailsdistillery on Instagram with your pictures.
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More About The Creator Of This Smoked Old Fashioned Recipe, Cultivated Cocktails
Cultivated Cocktails is a family-owned distillery in Asheville, North Carolina. Every year, they produce award-winning spirits. You can visit their downtown store to pick up gin, vodka, rum, or whiskey and fun cocktail-making supplies while sipping on one of their new creations.
A Special Thank You To Sarah Resta Photography
The pictures featured in this post are from our partner, Sarah Resta Photography. Sarah Resta is both a local and international engagement and wedding photographer available for hire. Sarah also works with small businesses and bloggers, like The Uncorked Librarian & Uncorked Asheville. You can find Sarah on Facebook and Instagram. Email: [email protected]
Christine (she/her) is the owner, lead editor, and tipsy book sommelier of The Uncorked Librarian LLC, an online literary publication showcasing books and movies to inspire travel and home to the famed Uncorked Reading Challenge.
With a BA in English & History from Smith College, an MLIS from USF-Tampa, and a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Christine's back pocket, there isn't a bookstore, library, or winery that can hide from her. Christine loves brewery yoga, adopting all of the kitties, and a glass of oaked Chardonnay. Charcuterie is her favorite food group.