Who doesn’t love a smoked cocktail? Working with smoke adds flavor, but more importantly a heavy dose of drama and intrigue.

In our new series, we’re sharing the creative ways hospitality workers are garnishing their drinks and the brands launching new and improved tools that help make drinks look good. Afterall, the right garnish can make even the simplest drink feel like liquid luxury.

From smoked simple syrups and ingredients, and smoke rinsed glasses, to topping your cocktail with smoke bubbles or a smoke-filled cloche – there are plenty of ways to add a dose of flavor to your drink.

One of the ways to amp up your bar’s game is to make your smoke-based garnish more interactive. With many consumers heading back to bars and restaurants for the first time in a year, they’re looking for memorable and dynamic service. Working with smoke can help satisfy that itch in a way that’s lower effort for the bartender while still offering a dramatic and exciting experience to the guest.

Poof Petrossian Bar Bellagio

Poof Petrossian Bar Bellagio

The Petrossian Bar at The Bellagio in Las Vegas recently debuted Poof! a pairing experience that matches a cocktail of Rye Whiskey, Apple Brandy and Sweet Vermouth with a Duck Confit Croquettes. Both are served under a dome full of smoke allowing them to take on matching notes. This blend of bar and kitchen offers a chance for a boost in sales and a truly unique tasting experience. At your own venue, you might try a few options of cocktails, small bites, and different smoke. Perhaps pair a cedar smoke with shellfish and a savory gin cocktail, or pecan smoke with something sweet. The options are nearly endless.

Balboa Bay Resort Whiskey Cart Smoke Box

Balboa Bay Resort Whiskey Cart Smoke Box

At the Balboa Bay Resort, the A+O restaurant just launched a Smoked Whiskey Cart that brings the smoked cocktail experience tableside. The restaurant offers a wide range of whiskey options with four wood chip styles to choose from – mesquite, applewood, hickory, and cherrywood. Each cocktail is served with a toasted cinnamon stick placed into a smokebox.