Author Notes: This is a great drink to serve if you're entertaining and looking for a little extra flair in your presentation. You can use any whiskey, but a good rye whiskey is your best bet. Remember, paying a little extra for a mature whiskey will give your finished product a boost in flavor and complexity. Oak is a safe bet for wood to use, as most whiskey is aged in oak, but feel free to mix it up and try something that pairs well with the profile of your whiskey. This recipe is adapted from the kitchens of Chef Sergio Remolina. —Derek Laughren
ounce Sweet Vermouth
Bourbon Marinated Cherry
Block of hardwood, about 6x12x2 inches
- Using a handheld blowtorch, hold the flame close to the surface of the wood until small embers begin to form, such that smoke will continue to rise after the torch is turned off.
- Turn your glass(es) upside down over the burning patch of wood. Proceed to mix your cocktail in a shaker in front of the guests as the smoke builds inside the glass.
- When the drink is ready, pour into the smoked glass(es), garnish with one bourbon soaked cherry, and serve.