Smoked Old-Fashioned Recipe

William Yeoward shares a recipe for a smoky version of the classic old-fashioned cocktail
smoked old fashioned recipe

The merest sniff of a single malt whiskey takes me straight to the Highlands of Scotland. To me, a single malt evokes peat, heather, crystal-clear streams, and the purest fresh air. A cocktail that employs both 15-year-old Laphroaig single malt and Maker’s Mark bourbon can only be a roaring success. This smoky version of the classic old-fashioned is a robust drink and intended to be drunk slowly. As the ice melts, the flavor develops.

Smoked Old-Fashioned Recipe


  • 1 brown sugar cube
  • 6 drops Angostura bitters
  • 1 oz. Laphroaig 15-year-old single malt whiskey
  • 2 oz. Maker’s Mark bourbon whiskey
  • To garnish: a large orange twist and a black cherry


  1. Place the sugar cube on a napkin, and drip the Angostura onto the cube. (It is all too easy to drip too much bitters onto the sugar if you put the cube straight into the glass. A napkin will absorb any excess.)
  2. Transfer the soaked cube to an old-fashioned glass, and add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Using the back of a bar spoon, crush the sugar cube to dissolve it into the whiskies.
  4. Add large cubes of ice, and stir.
  5. Garnish with the orange twist and cherry.

Excerpt from William Yeoward’s American Bar (Cico Books, 2012) | Text ©William Yeoward | Photography ©Loupe Images/Gavin Kingcome

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