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Smoked ice.  I am just going to let you think about that for a moment.  Smoked ice.  Like smoked meats?  Kind of.  This is Texas.  We can smoke anything.  Smoked ice is a great way to add some fun, depth, and intrigue to your cocktails at home.

The idea came to me while preparing for a dinner party with a few friends. I wanted a smoked old-fashioned for after dinner. How can I add great smoke flavor to a cocktail?  I started out playing with liquid smoke, but I wasn’t a fan. Lightbulb moment! I have a smoker… what can I do with it? A little time on Google and off I went.

Making Smoked Ice

 

  • Start with ice cubes.
    • Why? Based on a few articles smoke is more attracted to cold surfaces than warm ones. The full cube also gives the smoke more surface area to adhere to during the smoking process (serious eats & amazing ribs).
  • Place them in your smoker until melted.
    • A cast iron dutch oven or skillet is great for this.  The large the more surface area of ice, the better the smoke will infuse with the water as it melts.
  • Refreeze, and voila you have smoked ice.
    • For whiskey and cocktails, we prefer the large square ice cubes so I recommend you use the large cube ice trays.  You can get the silicon tray on Amazon.Smoke Ice in smoker for Texas Whiskey Festival

 

Smoked ice is a great way to infuse a unique flavor into some of your favorite cocktails and whiskey. With the variety of woods available for smoking, the flavor options are endless. You can use maple to add a hint of sweetness, apple for a touch of fruitiness, or mesquite for a robust and bold flavor. Combine woods to get unique flavors that enhance the cocktail you’re making or that matches the meal.

It does require some thought ahead of time for the refreezing process. I promise you’ll be the envy of your friends or at least get people talking.

We are experimenting with cocktails in a cube, but that’s another story for another time. To learn more about Texas whiskey and the Texas Whiskey Festival click here.

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