The 20 Best Cocktail Smokers For Entertaining In 2023

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If you’ve ever paid attention to how a bartender makes a drink, you’ve already seen all of the common bar tools. The jigger, the strainer, the cocktail shaker — these are the tools of the trade for a serious bartender, and they’re used to make all sorts of interesting cocktails, shots and non-alcoholic drinks.

Yet the art of mixology is ever-changing, and lately, we’re seeing more and more bartenders use more tools than just the standard muddler and mixing spoon. One thing that a lot of our favorite mixologists seem to have on their bar these days is a cocktail smoker.

Cocktail smoking isn’t exactly new — New York barkeeps have been doing it for nearly 15 years. But it is growing in popularity, in part because it’s super easy to do and super impressive (when you know how to pull it off). And maybe, just maybe, it’s because most of us spent 2020 and 2021 at home, desperate for new ways to get our drink on.

Editors’ Top Picks





Crafthouse by Fortessa Smoking Box

SmokeTop Cocktail Smoker Kit

SmokeTop Cocktail Smoker Kit

Gramercy Kitchen Company Cocktail Smoker

Oklahoma Joe’s Cocktail Smoking Box

Oklahoma Joe’s Cocktail Smoking Box

Ready to learn what cocktail smoking is all about? Here’s what a cocktail smoker is, how a cocktail smoker works and our favorites for at-home use.

What is a Cocktail Smoker?

Cocktail smoker infographic

A cocktail smoker is a device that adds visual smoke as well as smoky flavor to a drink. There are different formats and set-ups, such as the smoking box, the smoking cloche and the smoking lid, but they all involve the use of a smoker gun and wood chips.

How a Cocktail Smoker Works

You heat wood chips in a chamber of the smoking gun, with a hose attached at the end of the gun. You then put that hose through the opening in the box or lid. Once the chips are hot, just hit the “on” button and start blowing smoke into the cocktail.

Voila! In a matter of seconds, you’ve got a smoked cocktail that looks cool and tastes amazing. 

How Do You Use a Cocktail Smoker?

Think you’re fancy because you make cocktails at home with a shaker, a jigger, a mixing spoon and a strainer? If your plan is to become a master mixologist behind your home bar, it’s time to add a cocktail smoker to your assortment of other barware.

Cocktail smokers are perfect for infusing smoky flavor to Scotch and whiskey drinks. So if your go-to cocktail is an old-fashioned or a Manhattan, you can break out a smoking gun or smoking box and enhance your favorite drink with all sorts of smoky goodness.

There are a couple of different ways to smoke a cocktail, depending on the type of flavor you’re going for in your drinks.

The easiest way is to smoke rinse the glass, not the cocktail. Smoke sticks to things that are chilled, so you can smoke an empty, chilled glass before even pouring your cocktail. This method offers the lightest smoke flavor, with just a hint of smokiness that won’t have a heavy effect on the taste of your drink.

If it’s a heavier, smokier flavor you’re going for, you’ll want to make your cocktail in your glass and smoke the entire thing. (We like this method best.) With some wood and some heat, you can turn any drink into a smoky sensation that looks like it just came out of a laboratory. 

Learn how to smoke cocktails at home, and you’ll definitely impress your guests at your next dinner party or at-home bar night. Even if they don’t love the smoky flavor, they’re sure to enjoy the show!

Ready to find the cocktail smoker that’s right for you? Here are 15 of our favorites, perfect for the amateur bartender or the serious mixologist.

1. Crafthouse by Fortessa Smoking Box

Crafthouse by Fortessa Smoking Box

The Crafthouse by Fortessa Smoking Box is pretty much the best cocktail smoking box you can buy. Not only does it impart all that delicious smoky flavor into your drink, but the glass box lets you watch the smoke do its magic — a true treat for both the eyes and the taste buds.

This Fortessa cocktail smoking box features a stainless steel frame with four glass sides and comes with a handheld smoker gun and smoking chips. Just make your drink, put it in the box, put the hose through the opening in the box, and turn on your smoking gun.

The entire box (and the drink inside) will fill with smoke, making for a tasty cocktail with some extra-added drama.

2. Smoke Board Smoked Cocktail Kit

Smoke Board Smoked Cocktail Kit

The Smoke Board Smoked Cocktail Kit is loaded with the supplies needed to make a smoky cocktail. This kit includes cherry, apple and pecan smoking chips, a white oak smoking board, a smoking gun and a mason jar to infuse your cocktails with some incredible smoked flavor.

It also includes a handy little travel case the next time you want to take your smoker to a friend’s house.

Some cocktail smokers come with small amounts of wood chips — but this one comes with three large jars, enough to make 300 cocktails in total.

This is one of the best cocktail smoking kits out there, but it is missing one key component: the butane gas needed to light the torch. Butane can’t be shipped through the mail or through a delivery service, so you’ll have to head to a local hardware store to buy some.

3. Smoking Gun Wood Smoke Infuser Kit

Smoking Gun Wood Smoke Infuser Kit

In the mood for a smoked old-fashioned or a smoky scotch and soda? The Smoking Gun Wood Smoke Infuser Kit lets you do so with ease.

This cocktail smoker kit features a smoking gun with AA batteries, a stand, a flexible hose and a smoking disk lid. Just make your cocktail in your preferred glass, put the lid on top and put the smoking hose through the hole in the disk. It will infuse your drink with that delicious smoky flavor through a cold smoke technique.

This infuser comes with four different wood chips, including pear, cherry, hickory and cottonwood. It also comes with mesh filters, a cleaning brush with tweezers, and a screwdriver that makes it super easy to assemble straight out of the box.

When you’re not in the mood for a smoky cocktail, you can also use this infuser to inject smoky flavor into meats, cheeses and other types of food.

4. Breville The Smoking Gun Pro

Breville doesn’t just make great juicers and food processors — they also make a professional, commercial-grade cocktail smoker for use in restaurant kitchens and high-end bars, as well as home bars.

The Breville Smoking Gun Pro is a handheld smoker with an extra-large chamber to load in your wood chips. It’s detailed with a silicone smoking hose, a solid base that holds the gun flat and upright in a safe position and various speeds so you can smoke your cocktails gently or with an intense cold smoke.

If you’re a serious mixologist, this is one of the best cocktail smokers you can buy. It comes with four mesh filter screens, AA batteries and samples of wood chips in hickory and Applewood flavors.

5. MITBAK Cold Smoking Gun

MITBAK Cold Smoking Gun

One of the reasons we love the MITBAK Cold Smoking Gun is that it doesn’t come with a box to put your drink inside or a flat lid to put over your glass. Instead, it comes with a domed cloche, which makes it not only great for smoking your favorite cocktails but also for smoking meats, cheeses or fully plated meals.

This smoke gun kit also comes with wood chips, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and mesh filter screens. To use it, just put your glass or plate beneath the lid, put the hose through the opening in the dome, light your wood chips and hit the start button.

It’s super easy to use, and it’s a versatile tool that you can break out anytime you’re craving a smoky BBQ flavor in your food or in your cocktails.

6. Homia Smoking Gun Smoke Infuser

Homia Smoking Gun Smoke Infuser

Cold smoke your favorite cocktails with the Homia Smoking Gun Smoke Infuser. This electric cold smoker kit contains 14 pieces, including a smoking gun, a flexible hose, a disk lid, and a tall smoking lid for drinks in tall glasses.

It also comes with seven different wood chip flavors, 20 extra mesh filter screens, batteries, a cleaning brush, and a smoking cocktail ball so you can serve drinks with serious style.

This cocktail smoker offers two smoking speeds for light or intense smoking. With the three different applications of the flat lid, tall dome lid, and cocktail ball, you can smoke three different cocktails in a row, making it perfect if you’re looking to wow your friends with some home bar magic.

7. Gramercy Kitchen Company Cocktail Smoker

Gramercy Kitchen Company Cocktail Smoker

The Gramercy Kitchen Company Cocktail Smoker is one of the most affordable cocktail smokers on Amazon, and it gets some of the best reviews. The only downside is that it doesn’t come with a lid or a cloche — you’ll need to pick up one of those separately.

Featuring a handheld smoke infuser, this smoker kit includes wood chips, a cleaning brush, mesh filter screens and a storage bag to keep all of the accessories contained in between uses. It’s a great way to smoke cocktails, and since you can determine which type of lid you want to use, you can also use it to smoke meats, plated meals, cheese, salmon and all sorts of various foods and snacks. 

8. TMKEFFC Portable Smoking Gun

TMKEFFC Portable Smoking Gun

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly cocktail smoker that can pull double duty as a general smoker overall, look to this option that’s available on Amazon at a pretty low price. With one purchase, you get your smoker, filter grids and wood chips, so you’re ready to go as soon as you take the smoking gun from the shipping box. All you’ll need to do from unpacking is add the wood chips to the burner chamber, turn the smoking gun on, light the wood chips and then attach the hose to a cloche or similar setup to smoke your cocktails.

The compact and budget-friendly smoker operates completely off battery power, produces cool smoke, is easy to use and provides an authentic smoky taste in just a few minutes.

9. Oklahoma Joe’s Cocktail Smoking Box

Oklahoma Joe's Cocktail Smoking Box

If you’d prefer a smoking apparatus that’s geared toward smoking cocktails and cocktails only, consider this cocktail smoking box from Oklahoma Joe.

Unlike many of the other options on this list, this smoking box focuses on containing the smoke, not necessarily making it. The box is outfitted with a small tray that slides beneath the main chamber. You set your cocktail in the chamber, add your chosen wood chips or other fuel to the tray, light your fuel with a blow torch or something similar and then slide the tray inside the bottom portion of the box and close the lid. When you open the lid a few minutes later, you’ll have a properly smoked cocktail to enjoy.

Not only does this smoking box take care of what is sometimes one of the hardest aspects of smoking cocktails — containing the smoke — but it’s also attractive and will look at home on your bar cart.

10. The Crafty Cocktail’s Cocktail Chimney Kit

The Crafty Cocktail's Cocktail Chimney Kit

If you don’t like the idea of needing to buy bags of wood chips or other similar fuel for use in your cocktail smoker, consider going with this cocktail chimney kit that burns the actual chimney to produce smoke, rather than relying on any extra fuel source.

The kit comes with the smoking chimney, a suitably sized cocktail glass and a butane torch. All you have to do is fill the torch with butane, make the cocktail that you’d like to smoke, place the chimney atop the glass and then light the chimney with the torch. Once the chimney begins producing smoke, you can let it sit atop your glass for up to 30 seconds before removing the chimney and drinking your cocktail. 

11. Foghat Cocktail Smoking Cloche Set

Foghat Cocktail Smoking Cloche Set

This smoking cloche set comes with just about everything you could need to get started smoking at home. There’s a culinary kitchen torch, a wooden charcuterie board (on which to place your cloche), the cloche itself, a mesh guard that sits atop the cloche and holds your fuel, culinary-grade butane and smoking fuel made from oaken whiskey barrels.

The cloche set is large enough that you can use the setup to not only smoke cocktails but also charcuterie boards, barbecue and other foods.

12. Home Bar Cocktail Smoking Board

Home Bar Cocktail Smoking Board

This smoking board from Uncommon Goods strips down the smoking experience to its bare basic elements while also giving you five different smoking experiences. All you get with this purchase is a board made from five different kinds of wood — walnut, oak, maple, hickory and cherry — some coasters and a user guide. That’s all, but that’s all you need.

From there, you’ll use a culinary blow torch to char one of the five hardwoods. Once the wood starts smoking or develops a small flame, set your glass upside down on top of it, trapping the smoke. After allowing the glass to sit in place for a minute or so, you’ll remove it and add your spirit or cocktail to the glass. The result is a mixologist-approved smoking process with as little mess and fuss as possible.

The single, five-wood board can be used for making up to 750 cocktails.

13. The Gourmet’s Smoking Cloche

The Gourmet's Smoking Cloche

This smoking cloche — which can be used for everything from cocktails to cheese — comes with the cloche itself and a fitted wooden board to go beneath it, a smoking gun, applewood chips and a hose attachment. All you have to do is fill the gun with the chips and then either smoke your food or drink directly or place the food on the wooden board, cover it with the cloche and then use the hose attachment to pump smoke into the contained space for deeper, stronger flavors.

The smoking gun can be used not just with wood chips but also dried herbs and spices.

14. OAGA Cocktail Smoker Kit with 4 Flavors of Wood Chips

OAGA Cocktail Smoker Kit with 4 Flavors of Wood Chips

This cocktail smoker uses the chimney method to smoke your drinks, wherein you just set the chimney, filled with your wood chips, atop your glass and then light the chips with a standard kitchen torch. However, this chimney comes with an extra side of flair; it’s shaped like a matte black skull for some serious cool factor at your next cocktail party.

15. SmokeTop Cocktail Smoker Kit

SmokeTop Cocktail Smoker Kit

When it comes to creating the best smoked cocktail, it’s best to leave it to the pros. This chimney smoker kit is the go-to for Samuel Stephens, head bartender at Henley, an award-winning cocktail bar in Nashville. “I’m a big fan of the SmokeTop Cocktail Smoker Kit. It’s a great product to elevate the taste, aroma, and presentation for classic Old Fashioneds or Boulevardiers. It also looks super cool when actually smoking the cocktail.”

Just throw some wood chips in the top, put it over the cocktail, and light it up.

16. Aged & Charred Smoke Barrel Kit with Butane

Aged & Charred Smoke Barrel Kit with Butane

This smoking barrel is really a showstopper for any home bar. The kit comes with a five-liter oak barrel and smoke lid, wood chips, your torch and the butane. The barrel sits on its side and opens on one end to allow you to slide in two to four beverages at once. A transparent door allows you to watch the smoking process.

Reviewers love the barrel’s look and say they often bring it out to impress guests.

17. Lanccona Cocktail Smoker Kit

Lanccona Cocktail Smoker Kit

This basic cocktail smoker kit is extremely affordable and simple. It comes with a wooden chimney and apple wood chips, but no kitchen torch or any other power or fire source. However, for someone who wants a really simple, easy to use smoker and a process that doesn’t come with a learning curve, this kit fits the bill.

All you have to do is place the wooden chimney atop your glass, add your wood chips to the chimney, light the chips on fire and then cover the chimney with its lid. Wait a few minutes and your drink is smoked and ready to go.

18. Busy Bee Cocktail Smoker Kit

Busy Bee Cocktail Smoker Kit

This smoked cocktail board kit is highly unique. You won’t be able to use it for smoking anything else other than drinks, but it’s easy to use and visually pleasing. 

Just a board, it’s made up of five different types of wood — walnut, oak, maple, hickory and cherry. You light the wood of your choice on fire and then, when it starts to smoke, place your glass over the smoking wood, upside down.

The result is a smoked glass ready for your favorite cocktails, and a fun experiment that’s sure to delight all your party guests. Each board can smoke up to 750 glasses and all are made of all-natural wood.

19. Velep Cocktail Smoker Box

Velep Cocktail Smoker Box

This cocktail smoker box is like the Aged & Charred smoking barrel above in that you place your drink (or whatever else it is you’re smoking) directly into an enclosed box, but this option is a little less flashy and a lot more affordable.

The kit comes with a smoke infuser, infuser hose, food or drink tray, wood chips and filters. To use the kit, all you really have to do is light the smoke chips and press a button once your drink or food is inside the box. The box does leak a small amount of smoke, but that’s to be expected.

Reviewers love that this kit is extremely easy to use and also how it looks.

20. Gourmia GSM160 Portable Infusion Smoker

Gourmia GSM160 Portable Infusion Smoker

Want a versatile handheld smoker that you can take on the go? Check out this super-portable and compact option. 

Battery powered, the slim smoker can burn wood chips, teas, spices, herbs and other ingredients to smoke whatever you like. It can be paired with a separately purchased cloche or hose. The special cold smoke design ensures that the smoker only emits cold smoke, which some say results in a better overall flavor profile.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Cocktail Smoker

Purchased a new cocktail smoker and worried that you’re not quite getting as much flavor out of it as you could? Don’t feel like it’s really performing how you’d imagined based on reviews and suggestions like the ones above? It could all come down to the way you’re using your cocktail smoker.

In order to get the most out of your new cocktail smoker, make sure that you’re…

  • Using the right fuel source

No, we’re not talking about the wood chips that you picked out (though those are admittedly important). Instead, we’re talking about the way your cocktail smoker burns those wood chips. Does it use propane? A battery? How does it create the spark necessary to burn the chips?

If you have a rechargeable cocktail smoker or a cocktail smoker that runs on batteries, it may just be the case that your fuel source is low. Consider giving your smoker a quick charge or replacing the batteries.

If you have a propane-powered cocktail smoker, do note that these come with a learning curve, so that might be proving an additional challenge. 

  • Actually using the cloche

While some cocktail smokers don’t even come with a cloche, if yours did, you want to be sure that you use it (and if your smoker is one of those that didn’t come with a cloche, consider buying one). The cloche helps keep the smoke contained for greater flavor and intensity.

  • Pairing the right wood chips with the right spirits

Sometimes, it might be the case that you’re not achieving the desirable smokey flavor that you might find in drinks at your favorite bar because you’re not pairing the right wood chips with the right spirits. Try mixing and matching spirits and wood chips (as well as the many other things you can smoke, like herbs and spices) to find your favorite flavor combos.

In general, depending on your whiskey of choice (as whiskey is the most popular smoked spirit), safe bets include oak, cherry, hickory and pecan wood chips. Extra ingredients to add to the smoker might include cinnamon, rosemary, vanilla beans, citrus peels or even corn husks.

  • Adding your ice cubes first

If you’re smoking a drink with ice, then make sure to add the ice to the glass before you smoke the glass (either filled or empty). The ice will help trap the smoke in the glass, so it can impart more of that smoky flavor, faster.

Extras to Consider

Beyond buying the perfect cocktail smoker, there are a few other items you might want to consider adding to your shopping cart.

Smoked Cocktails: From Mixology to Smoking Techniques

If you go into the smoking process blind, you may find that your cocktails end up tasting more like a campfire than not. To ensure the best results, read up on the process first with this book that provides step-by-step instructions for expertly smoking your favorite cocktails.

Uncommon Goods’ Smoky Cocktails Class

Not a big reader? Consider taking a smoking cocktails class from Uncommon Goods that actually comes with your cocktail smoking kit (but which does not include a kitchen torch, so you’ll need to purchase that separately). The live class will teach you how to make three different drinks with the delivered kit, and you’ll get an email the day before the scheduled class with all the other details you’ll need to follow along at home.

Other Ways to Use a Cocktail Smoker

But you’re not limited to just using your cocktail smoker and smoking kit for your favorite beverages. You can use many smokers for smoking all sorts of foods, all from the convenience of your kitchen.

  • Add smoke to other cocktail ingredients

Whether you’re making a traditional cocktail or a mocktail, consider opting to smoke your individual cocktail ingredients rather than the entire drink. Smoke your herbs or fruit separately, giving your drink a smoky flavor that may be a little more subtle than what you might get from smoking the entire drink or the glass.

  • Add smoke to your favorite entrees

Chicken and fish easily take on a smoky flavor when you use your cocktail smoker to fill a shallow, covered dish or cloche with smoke and then allow the chicken or fish to rest inside for a few moments. While the flavor may not be the exact same as what you might get from traditionally smoking a chicken or salmon, the result is still impressive for the amount of effort required.

  • Add smoke to fruits and veggies

Just like you might smoke your pineapple or cherries before adding them to your cocktail, go ahead and smoke any fruit or veggies you have lying around the kitchen. Trap your chosen ingredients in a covered dish or under a cloche and pump in the smoke for smoky flavors in a few minutes flat.

  • Add smoke to your cheeses

Want to really level up your next charcuterie board? Smoke your cheese.

Want the Smoke But Not the Smoker?

So let’s say you really like the idea of a smoked cocktail and you really love drinking smoked cocktails when you go out to a bar — but you’ve looked over your options above and read up on cocktail smokers enough that you know it’s not a kitchen tool that you’d like to use on your own, at home. Whether you’re worried about the smoke or just don’t want to deal with an extra chore when mixing up a batch of favorite cocktails, the good news is, if you want the smoky flavor but not the actual smoke, there are other ways to go about getting it, beyond using a cocktail smoker.

Consider adding certain spirits to your favorite cocktail recipes that will naturally impart a smoky flavor. If you’re normally a bourbon or whiskey drinker, look specifically for peated Scotch, which will give your whiskey-based drinks a heavily smoky flavor. If you’re normally a tequila fan, try some mezcal, which also offers a smokier flavor than you’ll get with straight tequila alone.

You can also purchase cocktail ingredients like smoked bitters and smoked sugars and salts, which can all impart a smoky flavor with ease.

Cocktail Smoker FAQs

Still have questions about using or shopping for a cocktail smoker? Here are the answers to some of your most-asked questions.

Is using a cocktail smoker safe?

Yes, using a cocktail smoker is safe, so long as you do so in a well-ventilated area. Just follow the directions that come with your particular cocktail smoker and you should be fine.

Do I need to clean my cocktail smoker?

Yes, you’ll occasionally want to clean your cocktail smoker. Do so however seems best for your individual smoker. For example, if you purchased a smoker gun that comes with a fitted glass cloche, you might want to clean the glass cloche with mild dish soap and warm water, the same way you might clean a cocktail glass.

It’s important to note that even if you don’t clean your cocktail smoker regularly, you will want to closely monitor the smoking screen or filter if your cocktail smoker uses one. The filter or screen may degrade over time with use, and changing it out as needed will help ensure the best smoking experience possible.

Why even use a cocktail smoker?

There are many reasons to use a cocktail smoker. For some, the process is just enjoyable, and the aesthetic is impressive, especially if you’re smoking cocktails for a group of friends or at a party. From a flavor perspective, smoke can add depth and richness to simple cocktails if the smoking is done correctly.

What can I burn in a cocktail smoker?

While wood chips are the standard item that you might add to a cocktail smoker to create your desired smoky flavor, there are many other items you can burn in a cocktail smoker to create various different flavor profiles. Beyond wood chips — which you can find in a wide array of varieties, from apple to cherry to oak and everything in between — you can also burn dried herbs, dried spices, tea or even citrus peels.

Do I need a special smoker to smoke a cocktail?

No, actually! You can smoke a cocktail at home using items you may already have on hand—no need to buy a specialized smoker at all. All you need is wood chips (like you’d use in a barbecue smoker), a lighter, a cookie sheet and a large glass mixing bowl.

For this DIY process, first, create your cocktail. Then, place the wood-smoking chips on your cookie sheet. Light the wood chips using your lighter and quickly place your cocktail beside the burning chips. Then, cover both the chips and the cocktail with the glass mixing bowl, sealing the smoke inside. After a few minutes, and when the chips are extinguished, lift the bowl. Voila! You have a smoked cocktail—no extra equipment required.

How are cocktail smokers powered?

Cocktail smokers use a variety of power sources. You can buy rechargeable cocktail smokers that plug into any wall outlet. You can find battery-powered cocktail smokers. Other cocktail smokers use propane.

Some cocktail smokers, however, aren’t powered at all. Instead, they simply provide the vessel in which you can smoke the cocktail (or, in some cases, the chimney you might need to cover your cocktail glass), and then you have to use a lighter or other fuel/fire source to get the smoke going.

What does a cocktail smoker come with?

You’ll find that some cocktail smokers come with a range of accessories and extra items, while others only come with the smoker itself. However, popular accessories that you can expect to come in a well-outfitted smoker kit include smoking chips to get you started, a smoking hose, cleaning materials, burning compartment grates, hose extensions, cloches and sometimes even rocks glasses. Depending on the smoker you pick, it may or may not come with the actual torch.

Usually, the more tricked out your cocktail smoker kit is, the more expensive it will be, but if you’re serious about getting into this hobby, you might just want all of those extra add-ons and accessories, to get the most out of your cocktail smoking experience.

How long does it take to smoke a cocktail?

It doesn’t take long to smoke a cocktail at all! You can generally smoke a cocktail in under five minutes.

Are cocktail smokers worth it?

If you really love the flavor and visual appeal of smoked cocktails, and you frequently make cocktails at home as a mixologist or mixology enthusiast, then it’s worth considering adding a cocktail smoker to your bar cart. You can find cocktail smokers that are both budget-friendly and more on the expensive side, so find an option that fits your budget and see what all the fuss is about.

What is the best drink to smoke?

We went to Luke Slater at the The Cask Connoisseur for this question. According to their in-house whisky expert, Chris Walster, the best drink to use a cocktail smoker on is an Old Fashioned. “This classic cocktail is a perfect canvas for the smoky flavor that can be flavored with a cocktail smoker,” he shared. “Start by muddling some sugar cubes, bitters and orange zest in the bottom of a glass. Add some whisky and a few drops of the smoke from the smoker, and stir. Top with a few ice cubes, and garnish with a twist of orange.”  Sounds heavenly to us!

Are there any spirits you shouldn’t smoke?

The most popular spirits for smoking are whiskeys, hands down. Smoking is extremely popular for whiskey-based cocktails such as an old-fashioned or manhattan.

However, you can smoke just about anything in a cocktail smoker. Still, just because you can, doesn’t mean that you should. Cocktails that trend sweeter don’t typically pair well with the smoky flavor, and sometimes the smoke flavor can be overpowering if you’re working with a clear spirit (like vodka) that you plan to drink neat.

What to Consider as You’re Shopping for a Cocktail Smoker

If you’ve decided that a cocktail smoker is definitely something you need to add to your bar cart, then make sure you keep these factors in mind as you shop.

What do you need?

Take a look at what the cocktail smoker or cocktail smoking kit you’re considering comes with and what you currently already have on hand. If you already have a blow torch, for example, you might not need a cocktail smoker that comes with its own fire source.

What do you want to smoke?

If you just want to smoke cocktails, you can look for smokers that are designed specifically with that one use in mind. If, however, you imagine yourself smoking other things, you might want to go with a smoker that can be used in a variety of ways.

How much space do you have?

If you don’t have much space in your kitchen and no outside space at all, then you need to pick your smoker accordingly and go with a smaller option designed for indoor use.

What kind of cocktails do you like to drink?

If you don’t like to drink cocktails that work well with a side of smokey flavor (think old fashioned, manhattans, or even bloody marys), you might not enjoy the cocktail smoking process and results enough to invest in a cocktail smoker. Generally, cocktails that are on the smoky or salty side are already best suited for smoking, regardless of their base spirit.

How portable is this smoker?

Some cocktail smokers come with all sorts of extra attachments and pieces that you need in order to actually smoke your cocktail. However, if you plan on taking your cocktail smoker on the go, say to a friend’s house for a party, then this can be annoying. Consider your intended uses before you make your purchase.

What kind of power source do you need?

Some cocktail smokers run off battery power, while others are rechargeable or simply plug into a standard wall outlet in your kitchen. As you consider how portable you’d like your smoker to be, as well as how often you plan on using it, think about the power source and how it might help or hinder you.

Do Cocktail Smokers Change the Taste of Your Drinks?

Cocktail smokers don’t just make a drink look smokey, they also add a smoky flavor. But before you try to impress guests at your next house party with smoke-filled drinks, we suggest doing a little experimenting to get it right.

Certain types of liquor work best with certain kinds of wood. Try smoking your favorite whiskey cocktail with hickory wood or applewood chips. Try smoking your favorite Scotch with different types of cherry or pecan wood chips. Give your favorite bourbon a try with cottonwood or pear wood chips.

There are lots of combinations that work well (and some that don’t), so it’s best to experiment with different combos to find the one you love.

Just do us all one favor and don’t go crazy smoking every cocktail you make. It makes perfect sense to smoke heavy-bodied drinks with whiskey, bourbon or Scotch, but if you’re in the mood for a daiquiri or a margarita, we suggest keeping them nicely chilled on ice.

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20 Best Cocktail Smokers:

  1. Crafthouse by Fortessa Smoking Box
  2. Smoke Board Smoked Cocktail Kit
  3. Smoking Gun Wood Smoke Infuser Kit
  4. Breville The Smoking Gun Pro
  5. MITBAK Cold Smoking Gun
  6. Homia Smoking Gun Smoke Infuser
  7. Gramercy Kitchen Company Cocktail Smoker
  8. TMKEFFC Portable Smoking Gun
  9. Oklahoma Joe’s Cocktail Smoking Box
  10. The Crafty Cocktail’s Cocktail Chimney Kit
  11. Foghat Cocktail Smoking Cloche Set
  12. Home Bar Cocktail Smoking Board
  13. The Gourmet’s Smoking Cloche
  14. OAGA Cocktail Smoker Kit with 4 Flavors of Wood Chips
  15. SmokeTop Cocktail Smoker Kit
  16. Aged & Charred Smoke Barrel Kit with Butane
  17. Lanccona Cocktail Smoker Kit
  18. Busy Bee Cocktail Smoker Kit
  19. Velep Cocktail Smoker Box
  20. Gourmia GSM160 Portable Infusion Smoker

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