Mixologists have changed the way we look at whiskey. Bar keeps are adding unusual flavour combinations, we’d likely not have considered before. Though connoisseurs prefer a more traditional glass of whiskey, sampling some of these amazing whiskey drinks can open the door to exciting new flavours.
If you are looking for something sweet, something bitter, a little smoky – with whiskey, probably, with its barrel- aged musk, you need to make yourself a glass of Smoking Signals. It is a bit of a project though!
Line heavy large pot with layers of foil.
Sprinkle wood chips over bottom of pot and cover.
Turn exhaust fan on high!
Heat pot over high heat until smoke begins to form inside pot.
Fill 9 x 4 1/2 x 3-inch metal loaf pan with ice, place in the pot and cover tightly.
Smoke ice until just melted, about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool slightly.
Cover loaf pan tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least for 6 hours.
Using an ice pick, cut ice block crosswise into 4 large smoked ice chunks.
Wrap tightly in plastic and keep frozen.
Bring 1 cup water and sugar to boil in medium saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Add pecans, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until syrup tastes like pecans, about 12 minutes.
Strain the syrup and discard the pecans.
Cover and chill pecan syrup until cold, about 2 hours.
Add 5 tbsp whiskey, 3 tbsp Sherry, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and 3 tbsp pecan syrup in cocktail shaker.
Fill with plain ice cubes and shake until cold.
Divide mixture between 2 old-fashioned glasses.
Repeat with remaining whiskey, Sherry, lemon juice, pecan syrup, and ice.
Place 1 smoked ice chunk in each glass and serve.
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