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Old Smokey Cocktail

Words: Cory Bahr
Video: Stage 3 Productions

I inherited my twin passions for the outdoors and good food in North Louisiana at our family hunting and fishing camp. I spent my formative years there, running trout lines, hunting & foraging for whatever was in season, and gathering firewood for the camp cook — my grandfather. 

At night I was the whiskey and firewood boy. I stoked the campfire, kept the whiskey glasses full, and listened to the men spin their tall tales. I learned a lot growing up in this Sportsman’s paradise, shaping my Delta cooking and my philosophy as a chef.

As a chef, I enjoy nothing more than handcrafting an unbelievable dining experience that draws on your all your senses. I want to transport you to a place in time. My Old Smokey is no exception.

This Old Fashioned variant combines two of my favorites: bourbon and smoke. Light up, sit back and be ready to impress your guests.


Ol' Smoky
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  1. 1 large (2-inch-square) ice cube
  2. 1 (3- x 1-inch) orange peel strip
  3. 3 tbsp. (1 ½ oz.) bourbon
  4. 1 tbsp. Simple Syrup
  5. 1 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  6. 2 dashes of Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Whiskey Barrel Bitters
  7. 1 dash of Fee Brothers East Indies Orange Bitters
  8. 1 gourmet maraschino cherry
  1. Place large ice cube in an Old Fashioned glass. Hold orange peel with tongs; heat peel with kitchen torch or lighter until warm and fragrant. Place peel in glass. Combine bourbon and
  2. next 4 ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Stir 6 times, and pour over ice cube. Add cherry. Place cocktail on a flat tray or plate, and cover with glass cloche. Smoke until you can no longer see the cocktail under the cover. Let stand 30 seconds. Place in front of recipient, and remove cover.
  1. Special tools: kitchen torch or lighter, handheld smoker, cherry wood chips, Glass cloche or 1-qt. wide-mouth Mason jar
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