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.