Smoke House Deli has always been one of my favorite places in Kolkata to drop in for a meal or just to have a few cocktails with some nibbles. For this season, Smoke House Deli has launched a special range of smoked cocktails and named it Alchemy. There are seven smoked cocktails to choose from, each having a special smoky flavor to them.
- Apple Wood – Tangerine Zest Smoked Berry (Rs 275) – The perfect combination of gin, mix berries,lime juice and orange bitters
- Misty Apple Sour ( Rs 275) – A refreshing drink, with a perfect blend of green apple, lime & vodka
- House Spiced Smoked Sangria (Rs 275) – A fruity sangria infused with orange juice, fresh fruits with red wine, port wine and brandy makes this a must this season
- Lime Zest Smoked Daiquiri (Rs 275) – This citrusy drink tastes just as refreshing as it looks! Adding to its eclectic flavour is a mix of Bacardi, Pineapple and Lime juice
- Smoked Maple Kentucky (Rs 375) – With Apple juice, Maple Syrup and Whisky, a unique combination that is stunning to look at, tastes divine and is as smooth as you like it
- Cherry Wood Smoked Rob Roy (Rs 475) – Sweetness of vermouth married to perfect tanginess of fresh orange and a dash of angostura bitters
- Lapsang Souchong Smoked Margarita (Rs 475) – a perfect blend of Tequila, Egg White, Lime Juice, Lapsang & Souchong infused syrup
The process to make these cocktails is rather fascinating to watch. The server uses a smoked gun to add the smoke. I was under the impression that it is just regular smoke that is used for all the cocktails but that is not the case. Depending on which cocktail you order, he will add either applewood, cherrywood or hickory chips to the smoking chamber of the gun. The chips are then lit and the smoke is released through a tube into the bottle containing the cocktail. The cocktail is then poured into the glass with billowing smoke.
Out of the seven, I tasted three and loved them. The Smoked Daiquiri is a perfect summer afternoon drink, the smoke adds a wonderful flavor to the Smoked Sangria and if you prefer tangy cocktails, definitely try the Misty Apple Sour.
The smoked cocktails are now available at all Smoke House Deli outlets across the country. In Kolkata, they will be available till the Pujas so make sure you book an appointment with Alchemy now!