Smoked Orange Old Fashioned
- Simple Syrup
- Orange Slices
- Angostura Bitters
First, take your orange slices and lay them on either your smoker or grill for just long enough to warm them up. If you don’t get grill marks on them, that’s ok. We aren’t trying to overcook these at all.
Once your oranges are warm, muddle 1-orange slice per drink with 1-cherry per drink. Once muddled, add your bourbon, we recommend at least 2 oz pours. Finally, add a couple dashes of your bitters, and 1-tsp of simple syrup per drink you’re making.
Stir the liquid into the muddled fruit, then add ice.
Shake your cocktail with ice for at least 10-20 seconds.
Finally, pour over ice or neat into a lowball glass, or whatever else you’ve got at hand. If you want to go one step further, garnish the glass with another cherry and orange slice, and call it a day!
When you’re thinking about what to make for dinner or your next picnic, let your imagination go into the drinks category. Many drinks can be enhanced by some creative grilling, as you can see with our smoked old fashioned recipe.
If you’ve been searching high and low for a new type of cocktail, this is the perfect recipe. Our orange old fashioned is infused with all the smoky flavors from your Grilla. At the same time, it retains the old fashioned essence that makes it a best-loved drink among bourbon enthusiasts.
What Is an Old Fashioned, Anyway?
The old fashioned has become “new-fashioned” because so many people have rediscovered it as a favorite cocktail. Created in the late 1800s, it’s a well-known drink that every bartender should know how to make. Every pitmaster should, too, especially if you’re offering a variety of mixed drinks to guests.
The secret of the old fashioned lies in its ingredients. The first, bourbon, provides a smooth note and silky finish to the overall drink. Bitters are added to counterbalance both the bourbon and another add-in, which is simple syrup. Add ice and garnish with a cherry, and you have what most people think of as an old fashioned.
Of course, we’ve made a twist on the oldfashioned by including a grilled and smoked orange slice or two. After tasting one of these clever smoked drinks, you’ll notice that the smokiness of the orange brings out the bourbon’s natural oak undertones.
An Answer to the Question of “Muddling”
When we talk about how to make a smoked old fashioned, we use the term “muddle” in the recipe. Specifically, we want you to muddle your smoked orange slices.
What is muddling? It’s an easy technique used when bartending. A muddler is a long tool that allows you to push down and twist on any ingredient in a glass or shaker. But you could always use a spoon if you don’t have a muddler handy. Even an ordinary spoon from your kitchen will work because an old-fashioned glass is low, meaning it doesn’t require a long bar spoon.
At your next gathering, surprise everyone by offering them the option of having an orange old-fashioned, with citrus slices fresh from the grill. Your over-21 visitors will appreciate being able to try something new, yet old-fashioned.