This season, up the ante with The Smokey Bobby, a cocktail that makes eggnog look like child’s play. It’s an elaborate riff on the traditional Bobby Burns, a mix of scotch, vermouth, and Bénédictine. Karma Jamyang, one of the head bartenders at Charlie Palmer at the Knick, swaps in bourbon for scotch. And for fun, he adds actual smoke. To make this at home, you’ll need to buy a hand smoker (we’ve had success with this one).
Here’s what you need to make the cocktail to end all cocktails.
The Smokey Bobby
2 ounces bourbon
3/4 ounces sweet vermouth
1/4 ounce Bénédictine
Dash angostura bitters
Dash orange bitters
Pour bourbon into a mixing glass.
“The trend is going back to bourbon; everyone loves it” says Jamyang. “Good old Bulleit is best,” he adds.
Jamyang uses the Italian Carpano Antica vermouth. “It’s complex and rich—perfect with bourbon,” he says.
Pour in Bénédictine.
This herb, root and sugar blend with a cognac base adds a sweet touch to the cocktail.
Add ice and bitters and stir.
Pour into a smoky glass.
Now the fun part. Using the hand smoker, smoke up the glass. Fill the hand smoker’s chamber with a pinch of hickory chips. Turn on the smoker and use a match to light the chip chamber. Put the hose in the glass and voila. Pour in your drink.
Rub with an orange peel.
Rub an orange twist around the glass edge and drop it in as a garnish. The ending result is a delicious, citrusy drink with a slightly sweet finish and a hint of danger. Below, see a stop-motion video of Jamyang creating this show-stopping cocktail.