Want to add smokiness and showmanship to a cocktail? A cloche is the way to go. The glass bell jars trap vapors and entrance guests. Here are seven cloche cocktails that will add wow-factor to your #ThirstyThursday or any day.
Double Knot, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This play on a Manhattan begins with cinnamon and clove getting torched on a bourbon barrel stave. A snifter is placed over the embers to capture the smoke. It’s served with carafe bearing the cocktail made with bourbon, rye, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, and bitters. Make a reservation at Double Knot.
Galley, West Palm Beach, Florida
You’ve never had an Old Fashioned quite like this one. The glass cloche covering it is redolent with a cloud of hickory smoke to add a hit of haze. The cocktail features the restaurant’s own bourbon from Russell’s Reserve. Make a reservation at Galley.
The Library at The Public, New York, New York
The Last Word riffs on the Smoke & Mirrors. It’s made with mezcal, lime, green chartreuse, creme de violette, and Luxardo Maraschino. Smoked with applewood chips, the svelte sipper arrives under a haze-filled cloche. Make a reservation at the Library at The Public.
Zuma, Las Vegas, Nevada
Penicillin with a twist (the cocktail, not the antibiotic). A sherry cask stave is burned to create a cloud of smoke under the glass. The cocktail features two whiskeys, ginger syrup, honey water, yuzu juice, egg white, and plum bitters. Make a reservation at Zuma.
MIFUNE, New York, New York
Clove and cinnamon smoke fill the glass. It’s flipped over and filled with a heady mixture of rye, aged sake, East India sherry, and bitters known as the Seven Samurai. We’re sure Akira Kurosawa would approve. Make a reservation at MIFUNE.
TORO Kitchen & Lounge, Snowmass, Colorado
This is a new-fashioned Old Fashioned. Prepared tableside, the smoky reimagination features 23-year-old rum, orange bitters, and Angostura bitters. Open the door to access the cocktail and breathe in a whoosh of woody vapors. Make a reservation at TORO Kitchen & Lounge.
Ave at Seafire Resort & Spa, Grand Cayman
The name Embers & Ham says it all. Iberico ham fat-washed bourbon, Capano Antica Formula, and rhubarb and cranberry bitters are infused with hazy flavors under a cloche full of applewood smoke. The results are savory, smoky, and sweet, like a Sunday roast in cocktail form. Make a reservation at Ave at Seafire Resort.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Neil Santos (Double Knot) and Shannon Sturgis (The Library at The Public).