Smoky Halloween Raspberry Whiskey Cocktail

Smoky Raspberry Whiskey Cocktail for Halloween in the glass

Happy Halloween, everyone! As I was thinking about what to post for Halloween this weekend, I couldn’t help but keep going back to a cocktail I had in West Chester, PA with a great friend of mine, Lauren Grow. Lauren has bee instrumental in helping me get my blog off the ground, and has handed the reins over to another dear friend of the family, Ben Meyers to pick up where she left off.

It wouldn’t be Halloween without toasting these two amazing characters who have made such an impact on my personal and professional life! This drink was inspired when I had dinner with Lauren and had a French Manhattan, which was a Bourbon Whiskey Manhattan with Chambord or di’Amore Liqueur (a raspberry liqueur) instead of Sweet Vermouth! Oh my, did it go down silky smooth! The color was purplish and gave me an idea for a Halloween Cocktail!

Smoky Raspberry Whiskey Cocktail surrounded by Halloween lights and the liqueur used in the drink

What if I made it like a Raspberry Whiskey Old-Fashioned and smoked the drink? Now I am not an expert at smoking a cocktail, and a colleague of mine from CHOP had just talked to me about getting a handheld smoke gun infuser! Of course, I tried to find one nearby, but unfortunately I have to order one. So what else do you do if you can’t come up with what you need? You “google it” and find a way to get creative! Well, thank you YouTube and Advanced Technologies for teaching me how to smoke a cocktail without a fancy gadget! I still have a lot of practice to do, but I know how much fun I will have doing that! I think you’ll get the gist, but I certainly can improve on the smoke technique! Once  master it, I’ll come back with more smoky cocktails!

Of course I had to have even more fun with this idea and decorate my counter with Halloween items and some spooky lights, and it wouldn’t be complete without a Halloween tiara! I’ve never had so much fun! (Wish I had a party to go too!)

I don’t know about you, but anytime I am pressed for an idea, I trust in myself to come up with what I need whether it’s work or pleasure! I guess just by keeping your mind open and allowing the idea to catch on and grow into something awesome is all you really need!

So this Halloween, let go and get creative with the spooky, fun activities you are doing with your family and friends and enjoy the experiences this tradition brings!

Until next time, 

Let’s get cookin’ (and cocktailin’)

Madeline 

Smoky Raspberry Whiskey Cocktail

This Halloween inspired drink is a version of a Bourbon Whiskey Old-Fashioned but uses a Raspberry Liqueur instead of Sweet Vermouth! With a couple ingredients, and some fun with making it into a smoky cocktail! Whether you have a handheld smoke gun infuser or just some smoke flavored wood, you can bring this drink to the next level! Of course safety first!
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: All
Keyword: BoubonWhiskeycocktails, BUlletBourbonwhiskey, di'AmoreRaspberry, Fundrink, Halloweendrink, Manhattan, Old-Fashioned, Purpledrink, Smokycocktail
Servings: 1
Author: Madeline Kohler

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Handheld smoke gun infuser or Smoke Flavored wood sticks
  • Wooden Cutting Board
  • Lighter
  • Glass container with a spill proof lid to hold smoke
  • Cocktail glass

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Bourbon Whiskey I like Bullet Bourbon
  • 1 ½ ounces di'Amore Raspberry Liqueur Chambord is just as delicious
  • 1-2 drops Bitters
  • orange rind peel (garnish)
  • 1 maraschino cherries (garnish) Invest in the good kind like Starlino

Instructions

  • On a wooden cutting board, place your glass container open side down.
  • Light a couple sticks of your smoke flavored wood, and when it lights on fire at the tip, blow it out and immediately place it under the glass container. Put the lid on the container and let the smoke fill the glass. It will get opaque.
  • Put a cup of larger size ice cubes or a single ball or square size ice cube in a cocktail shaker, along with the bourbon whiskey and raspberry liqueur.
  • Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  • Open the glass container and quickly pour the drink in the glass container, close the lid, and shake for 10 seconds.
  • Pour the drink into an Old-Fashioned glass.
  • Take a toothpick and push it through the orange peel closer to one end, then through the cherry and back through the other end of the orange peel, like a half moon and place in the drink.
  • Enjoy!

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