Yes, Smoked Cocktails Involve Real Smoke. Here's How to Make One at Home.

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Do you have a thing for smoky drinks? Have you sipped a trendy smoky cocktail lately, one that goes way beyond the smoke of Scotch and into new territory? Smoky cocktails are a lot of fun to make at home, I discovered recently, and yes, they involve real smoke, and yes, they're just about the best party trick ever. Here's what it looks like to make a smoked cocktail...

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That's my friend Chris, who runs the rad blog Man Made DIY. Last year I passed on the Smoking Gun I reviewed a while back, handing it over to Chris, who I knew would put it to far better use than I would. Well, I wasn't disappointed. He and his wife came over for dinner, appetizers and drinks in tow, and Chris set up his smoky cocktail lab on the kitchen island. He measured and poured the drink into a glass bottle and then the fun started. 

He lit wood shavings in the Smoking Gun and just for a split second, poured fragrant smoke into the bottle. See all that white stuff in the bottle? Yep, smoke. He shook it up (we all took turns) and then poured out our smoky Old-Fashioneds. Seriously deep and smoky, like a woodfire and bourbon in a glass. If smoky is your thing (or, for that matter, party tricks) then you have to try this. 

Chris wrote a great post on Man Made DIY with some tips on making smoked cocktails like these, with some alternate methods to the Smoking Gun. 

Read more: How to: Make Your Own DIY Smoked Cocktails at Man Made DIY

Are smoked cocktails among your drinks of choice? Have you ever tried to make one at home? 

(Images: Chris Gardner; Faith Durand)