Another Smokin’ Idea
There are a lot of elaborate ways to get smoke into a drink. Several of which have been featured and discussed here (check the archives and the recipe pages). But here is a simple, easy approach where you can add herbal smoke to a drink
First prepare your coktail in a mixing glass, and add ice. Remember, time is now a factor.
Next, hold an empty metal shaker tin upside down and over a sink. With your pinky, firmly hold whatever herb you are using against the lip of the shaker. Long stemmed herbs like rosemary and thyme are easy, but others may take a little balance, like the sage in this picture.
Now, take your lighter (yes, even in the days of anti smoking bars, I still carry one) ignite the herbs and catch the smoke inside the tin. as soon as you have some smoke, drop the herbs into the sink to burn out (A-ha!!).
Cap you mixing glass with the smokey tin, and shake. That’s it!!
If you are doing a cocktail that should be stirred, then after you cap the mixing glass, roll the ingredients once into back a forth, then uncap the glass and stir the cocktail as per usual.
The drink I made while doping this post was a Smoked Sage Margarita:
1/2 oz anejo tequila
1 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz agave syrup
2 sage leaves
combine liquid ingredients in a mixing glass. Smoke the sage as described. Shake and strain up into a chilled and salt rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and sage leaf.