Thu 3 Jan 2019
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WINTER COCKTAIL GETS A BIT SMOKY
As we wait for warmer days, I have a perfect winter cocktail that will make you content as you bear the cold. Featuring just 4 ingredients, I’m taking a single ingredient and cold smoking it to give a smoky flavor. We’ll use a handheld food smoker for a quick, easy means of infusing the smoke flavor.
Ingredients and Smoke
Our Smoked Winter cocktail has just 4 ingredients:
- cream of coconut
- vanilla vodka
- crème de cocoa
By using a handheld food smoker, you can make quick time of smoking the cream of coconut needed for our Winter Wonderland cocktail. I’m making a full batch of drinks to serve about 6 so I’ve placed 6 ounces of cream of coconut, (I like the CocoLopez brand), into a container. That container is placed inside a plastic bag. I’m using The Smoking Gun® by Breville which is a stand-alone, easy to control cold smoke appliance. I simply place the smoking hose into my container, cinch the bag around the hose, lite my Piccolo® wood chips while the food smoker is turned on, and allow the smoke to fill the container. I then turn off the unit, remove the hose, cinch the bag tight, and allow the smoke to sit for a few minutes to infuse the coconut cream. That’s it! Now time to assemble our Winter Wonderland cocktail.
Tasting Notes: Although I elected to smoke the cream of coconut, you can smoke one of the alcohols or even the water to make the ice cubes. For those looking for a bolder smokiness, feel free to smoke the entire cocktail mixture before serving over ice.
Quick Shake to Yum
After smoking the cream of coconut, it’s time to mix the cocktail. This is best done in a shaker. For a single cocktail, fill the shaker with ice, add 1 ounce of the smoked cream of coconut, 1-1/2 ounces of vanilla vodka, and 1-1/2 ounces of crème de Cocoa. Shake until well chilled and the flavors marry. Strain into an ice filled glass and serve.
This is one winter cocktail you’ll enjoy sipping as you wait on those warmer days.
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