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Smoked Ice and the Smoky Old Fashioned

Dad is probably getting out the smoker for Memorial Day, and as well he should. If you have a whiskey fan in the house who also has a penchant for the almighty flame, smoked ice kicks up an old fashioned to new levels. And it's a hell of a conversation piece.

On the subject of Dad, Father's Day is right around the corner and if your man is into this kind of stuff, check out the link at the end of the post to the Glacier rocks and tumbler set, which is a kick-ass Father's Day gift, and works perfectly with everything we are doing here.

Simply make the smoked ice and then add it to an old fashioned in place of regular ice. If you already have a winner of an old fashioned recipe, go for it. If not, I have my master recipe below which will work swimmingly.

Smoked Ice:

As soon as you are ready to lay down the smoke, empty ice from 2-3 frozen ice trays into an aluminum pan.

Place the Pan with Ice on the top rack of the smoker. As much as we love beef/pork/chicken fat, we don't want it in our smoked ice.

Let the smoke fly for 15-20 minutes until ice is melted.

Remove pan and let cool to room temperature.

Empty smoky water back into ice tray and freeze.

BONUS DAD JOKE: The problem I have with smoking ice is I can never figure out how to light it!

Old Fashioned Master Recipe:

Muddle a cherry and orange slice in a mixing glass or shaker and then add;

2 parts Bourbon

1/2 - 3/4 parts Velvet Falernum, depending on how sweet you like it. Substitute simply syrup or sugar if you don't have Falernum.

A few healthy dashes of bitters, Angostura, Peychaud's, Orange, Cherry - whatever.

Big scoop of ice, smoky ice or smoky ice ball.

Mix or shake 30 seconds until cold. 

Strain over fresh glass of ice or ice ball in a rocks or cocktail glass.

This recipe works really well with the Glacier rocks and tumbler set.

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