High West Smoked Old Fashioned

I judge bars on their Old Fashioned.  Why?  Because it's such a sparingly simple recipe that it's hard to hide mistakes or poor craftsmanship.  The quality of the ingredients matter; the method matters; and, yet, there boundaries are juuuust stretchy enough that a good bartender can riff while staying true to the drink's essence.

Such is the case with bartender Jay Rankin's Smoked Old Fashioned, using and of the core four types of High West Whiskey. Liquid smoke can be added to rich simple syrup if you're in a time crunch.  Alternatively you could also infuse the spirit itself with smoke, using this interesting method.


  • 2 oz High West Bourye Whiskey (though any High West Whiskey can be used, according to your palette)
  • ¼ oz smoked simple syrup *
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

* Add several drops of liquid smoke to 2:1 simple syrup


Stir all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass; strain into a chilled lowball glass. Garnish with a skewered cherry.


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