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


  • 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.)
  • Transfer the soaked cube to an old-fashioned glass, and add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Using the back of a bar spoon, crush the sugar cube to dissolve it into the whiskies.
  • Add large cubes of ice, and stir.
  • Garnish with the orange twist and cherry.

Text ©William Yeoward | Photography ©Loupe Images/Gavin Kingcome

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