The South has a stomach-rumbling reputation for smoking meats. But did you know you can also smoke cocktails?
The third addition of our monthly Sips at STICKS series (Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.) features three whiskey-laced Southern-style dishes dreamed up by Chef Anna Marie Bayonito, plus Maker’s Mark cocktails crafted by our imaginative mixologilst Meg Nielson.
So how does smoking cocktails work? Mixologist Meg explains:
Modern mixology adds layers to existing and familiar libations. It’s the game of taking something old and refashioning it to something new but recognizable. Adding layers through the use of syrups, bitters, uncommon liquors and liqueurs, and fresh fruit help to keep our interests peaked.
The smoking box is a show-stopping way to add another kind of layer to cocktails. The smoke bath not only lends a smoky flavor that will linger on the glass, but also produces smoke aromatics that linger in the air to help encourage the consumer to taste the smoke element in their cocktail.
One of the cocktails we will be featuring Tuesday is our Baby Got Back. We immerse it in a hickory smoke bath, but there are many types of wood, spices and teas compatible with The Smoking Gun that can be used to add awesome layers to your cocktails at home.
Here’s how you can make this smoked cocktail yourself!
Contributed by Wendy Heilmann
Wine and Spirits Director, Pebble Beach Resorts
Want to try this drink in person, perfectly paired with a three-course meal?
You can also snag samples of the Maker’s Mark Pebble Beach Barrel, which includes your own wax-dipped glass to keep ($15 for glass and 1-ounce sample). We recommend calling (831) 647-7470 to RSVP so you don’t miss out on this special event!
Hope to see you next week!