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Smoked Maple Old-Fashioned

How to make
Smoked Maple Old-Fashioned

Which rum is best for Smoked Maple Old-Fashioned

Always remember that a quality Old-Fashioned is only as good as its base ingredients. This drink calls for a sipping rum with a bit more defined barrel age that you would also mix with. Try the Dos Maderas 5+5 or the Selección. Both are triple-cask-aged rums with a dark PX finish and will be accented perfectly by the spices in the chai as well as the element of chocolate in the bitters.

About Dos Maderas 5+5

Dos Maderas 5+5 is a triple cask aged blended rum that spends five years in the Carribean followed by 5 years in Jerez. The time in Jerez aging is split 60/40 between Williams & Humbert Palo Cortado botas and PX botas. The result is a rich confectionary scented rum with plenty of natural baking spices, vanilla, maple, fig and chocolate notes.

About Dos Maderas 5+5

Dos Maderas 5+5 is a triple cask aged blended rum that spends five years in the Carribean followed by 5 years in Jerez. The time in Jerez aging is split 60/40 between Williams & Humbert Palo Cortado botas and PX botas. The result is a rich confectionary scented rum with plenty of natural baking spices, vanilla, maple, fig and chocolate notes.

Smoked Maple Old-Fashioned cocktail Ingredients

2 oz. Dos Maderas 5+5

.5 oz. Chai spiced maple syrup (recipe below)

2 dashes of aromatic bitters

2 dashes of chocolate bitters

Orange peel

Cinnamon stick

Smoked Old-Fashioned recipe - Step by step how to prepare Smoked Old-Fashioned

  1. The first step is to make your chai-maple syrup. Brew a cup of chai and pour maple syrup into the tea while it is still hot. If you enjoy a sweeter cocktail, aim for a rich syrup ratio by using 2 parts maple to 1 part tea and stir until fully integrated. Otherwise, equal parts will also work. Let cool. 
  2. If you don’t have a glass smoker, or hickory wood chips to light a-fire, try burning a cinnamon stick until it really starts to smoke and inverting a rocks glass over top. Be sure your counter or bread board does not get damaged. Consider using a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil. Let the glass smoke while you build your cocktail.
  3. Stir all your ingredients with cracked ice for about 10 seconds and then strain over fresh ice into your smoked glass:
  4. Garnish with an orange peel, oils expressed over your glass, and your charred cinnamon stick, re-lit for extra smoke and presentation.

Origins of the Smoked Maple Old-fashioned cocktail

What cocktail do you crave after a weekend of family get-togethers, last minute shopping trips, and decadent meals? We like to keep things fairly down-to-earth and classic: a Rum Old-Fashioned. And for late fall gearing into winter, we are a fan of all things spice-laden, maple sweet, and smoky. Surely, there’s a “sure-fire way” to combine all of the above elements. Good thing the Smoked Maple Old-Fashioned cocktail is not designed to delude regardless of its smoky veneer. It truly is amazing how a touch of extra spice, a hint of maple and a wafting of smoke can be. The key to this delicious Smoked Old-Fashioned is to sort out your method of glass-smoking. If your ongoing desire to have an excuse to buy a cocktail smoker is finally appeased after reading the following recipe, we salute your purchase. There are plenty of them out there. If you are not so inclined or lack the budget, no fear, as there are plenty of less expensive ways to smoke your glass. The method you’ll find most common in bars is to use a brûlée torch on a cedar plank which you then invert your glass over. Another method is to light wood chips or a cinnamon stick or star anise on fire until it singes, and then invert your glass over that. Fire safety is of utmost importance, naturally.Try to avoid burning any counter tops or non-fire safe surfaces.

Tips for the perfect Smoked Maple Old-Fashioned

Tip 1: A good Old Fashioned is only as good as the base spirit so don’t be shy about using some of your nicer inventory for this cocktail.

Tip 2: When preparing your Chai-Maple syrup, try adding a tsp. of lemon zest to brighten it up. 

Tip 3: A proper Rum Old Fashioned is designed to be simple and elegant. No need to muddle any cherries or oranges into your cocktail. If incorporated, use them as an additional garnish.

Tip 4: Other options for smoking ingredients can include whole peppercorns, star anise, cloves, rosemary for an herby aroma.

Tip 5: If fire is not a possibility, try adding a quarter ounce of Mezcal or an Islay Scotch to your mix.

Tips for the perfect Smoked Maple Old-Fashioned​

Tip 1: A good Old Fashioned is only as good as the base spirit so don’t be shy about using some of your nicer inventory for this cocktail.

Tip 2: When preparing your Chai-Maple syrup, try adding a tsp. of lemon zest to brighten it up. 

Tip 3: A proper Rum Old Fashioned is designed to be simple and elegant. No need to muddle any cherries or oranges into your cocktail. If incorporated, use them as an additional garnish.

Tip 4: Other options for smoking ingredients can include whole peppercorns, star anise, cloves, rosemary for an herby aroma.

Tip 5: If fire is not a possibility, try adding a quarter ounce of Mezcal or an Islay Scotch to your mix.

Smoked Old-Fashioned Variations and types

The Smoked Old-Fashioned is sometimes deemed a fad or trend that won’t last, but then again, the amount of variations and excitement still on-going begs otherwise. Check out these other variations on the smokey theme:

Bartender Jonathan Lam adds a touch of Laphroaig 10 yr. Scotch for a peaty edge and subs in a banana syrup and root beer bitters for this variant. 

 From Liquor.com, this recipe relies on rosemary for smoke and also includes both Oloroso sherry and the bitter Gran Classico orange liqueur for extra

Bartender Sandy De Almeida offers this nuanced twist that includes extra bitter elements like Campari, Averna and Peychaud’s bitters as well as smoky Mezcal.

FAQ

The difference is essentially the incorporation of a little smoke as an accent. It can come from smoking the glass, smoking an ingredient or adding a smoky liquor to the mix.

The best dark rum for a smoked old-fashioned is one with barrel age and enough complex rounded notes to stand up to the powerful aromatic element of smoke, which everyone knows has a tendency to take over a room.

The scent of a cinnamon stick on fire is a tantalizing aroma that pairs well with the sweet and spicy elements of an aged spirit. Other smoked garnishes will also work well including other spices like star anise or herbs like rosemary.

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