Smoked Old Fashioned

I have phases with my top 3 boozy classics. Whether it’s an Old Fashion, Manhattan or Negroni, I always make sure that my bar is stocked to make these staples. Now a lot of bars do insane concoctions of an Old Fashioned, but sometimes you need something quick, easy, but maybe something a bit from the classic. I created a version that doesn’t ask for too much attention, but spices up your OF life.

Another great way to play with this recipe is substituting maple syrup instead of sugar. An added bonus, which is HIGHLY recommended is rinsing the inside of your glass with a peaty scotch (such as laphroaig) to kick up the smoky flavour. I don’t typically carry a lot of single malts on my bar but Laphroaig is a great addition. It’s amazing how a few drops of this whisky can dramatically affect a drink.

Smoked Old Fashioned

An easy, smoky version of an Old Fashioned

Difficulty: Intermediate

Servings 1 Cocktail
Author Monica C


  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 2 zests Orange
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary
  • 1 Brown Sugar Cube
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 spritz Laphroaig optional


  1. Rinse the inside of the rocks glass with Laphroaig

  2. In a mixing glass, soak the brown sugar cube in angostura bitters and muddle with 1 zest of orange and 1 rosemary

  3. Add bourbon and top with ice and stir until chilled

  4. Over 1 large ice cube, strain the cocktail into the rocks glass and garnish with 1 orange zest and 1 slightly burnt Rosemary sprig

Recipe Notes

Now if for some reason you’re one of the lucky few that has a smoker, than SMOKE THE ROSEMARY for a short period of time. You will LOVE what this does to a drink and it makes a dramatic difference then simply lighting up the Rosemary. So whenever you’re enjoying a day of barbecues and smokers, and you need help pass the time, you can be sipping on this delicious smoky concoction.


Monica Carbonell

Hi, I’m Monica and I’m your Fairy Barmother. At Liquid Culture, creativity is encouraged and education is used to empower followers to be the best they can be. We want to provide you with the tools to confidently bartend within your own home and to have some fun while doing it too! Inside this website you will find recipes, videos, articles and more that will teach you everything you need to know about being your best Home Bartender!


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