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The Smoky Old Man Cocktail

Inspired by a classic Old Fashioned cocktail and my 40-year-old smoked-food-loving husband.
Course easy
Cuisine Cocktail, Drinks
Servings 1 cocktail


  • ½ teaspoon sugar you can substitute with simple syrup as well
  • 3 dashes bitters Angostura bitters works well
  • 2 oz whisky Pendleton Midnight Whisky works great
  • 1 large smoked ice cube
  • 2 smoked cherries Maraschino cherries are an acceptable substitute
  • 1 orange peel slice about 2 inches long
  • Dash of club soda optional


  • In a cocktail shaker, add the sugar, bitters, whiskey, and some ice. Shake well for about 10 seconds to dissolve that sugar. Place your smoked ice cube in an old-fashioned glass and strain the drink into your glass. Add 2 smoked cherries (or 1 Maraschino cherry) and the orange peel. Enjoy.


Sometimes I like to add some club soda, just a dash, to very slightly dilute the intensity of the whisky. It’s totally optional. Also, note that the smoky flavor will get stronger the more the ice slowly melts. It’s fascinating to taste the evolution of the drink as this happens.