Fire and smoke are impressive no matter what, but when those pyrotechnics result in delicious drinks, now that’s really something. While bartenders have been smoking drinks for years, it’s not only for the professionals anymore. There are a couple ways to smoke ingredients and cocktails at home, and they’re both pretty easy. All it takes is a little time, the right equipment (here’s the excuse you’ve been looking for to buy a smoking gun) and a fire extinguisher nearby—just in case.
To get the scoop on the right way to smoke booze at home, we tapped Freddie Sarkis, the chief cocktail officer at Liquor Lab, an event space offering interactive cocktail making classes with locations in New York City and Southampton, New York. In his classes, students learn how to make fun but simple drinks like spicy Margaritas in frozen bell peppers, honeydew Boulevardiers and, of course, smoked cocktails. Here are his instructions for adding a little smoke to your cocktail repertoire.