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smoked maple old fashioned whisky cocktail

Smoked Maple Old Fashioned

This smoked maple old fashioned might just become one of Canada's best-known exports.
Course Drinks
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 1/2 oz Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky
  • 1/4 oz maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 dashes Dillon's Orange Bitters
  • Few drops water
  • orange peel
  • applewood smoking chips
  • 1 strip candied bacon (to make, sprinkle strips of bacon with about 1 tsp of brown sugar each and bake at 375° F for 18-25 minutes depending on how crispy you like it!)


  • Add maple syrup, bitters and water to a mixing glass and stir to dissolve the syrup. Once combined, fill the glass with ice.
  • Add the whisky and stir for about 15 seconds. Taste for balance; you want some dilution (from the ice melting) but the whisky should still be upfront.
  • Introduce smoke to the cocktail. We've used a Breville Smoking Gun to add smoke directly to the mixing glass, but you could also use a kitchen torch to light the wood chips and place a glass over the embers to collect the smoke. Cover the glass and allow the smoke to incorporate with the cocktail for 5-15 seconds. A little smoke goes a long way.
  • Strain into an old fashioned glass over a single ice cube.
  • Twist the orange zest to express its oils onto the surface of the cocktail. Garnish with a candied bacon cocktail pick.


Although the applewood smoke and candied bacon really do elevate this drink, we're aware that some people may prefer ease over innovation; feel free to omit these last two steps and simply garnish the cocktail with orange zest. It will still be miles ahead of the Old-Fashioned you'd be served at most bars.
Keyword classic cocktail, cocktail recipe, old fashioned, whisky