After the bittersweet nostalgia of my cocktail reminiscence, you will be heartened to hear that when one chapter ends, another begins.
This, class, is a smoker. A couple of months ago I went up to Ponce City Market to take a cocktail class at 18•21 Bitters, the topic of which was smoked cocktails, you guys! It was fascinating, and as you can imagine added a whole new layer to the cocktails. I came home and immediately added the smoker and the chips to my Amazon wish list, figuring I’d get it for either my upcoming birthday or Father’s Day.
It was also super easy: you put like a teaspoon of wood chips in the little cavity in the top, light it with a regular lighter, flip the switch, and smoke emerges from the hose (not pictured) into whatever receptacle you’ve chosen.
Here are some photos from 18•21:
This one used a bell jar. There was also a plain cedar board with shavings over which you placed your glass; a teapot; and a good old cocktail shaker.
You let the cocktail sit and smoke for about three minutes.
And then you serve it.
So remember, the next time you’re over for cocktails and I ask you what you would like, you really need to say I want something light and citrusy if that’s what you want, because otherwise you’re going to get a smoked cocktail.
 Alas, the model I had tagged was no longer available; I had to buy my own because no one wanted to risk getting the wrong thing. This model is actually cooler than the one 18•21 used. The chips however were a present from the Charming Child.