Cocktail Recipe: Manhattan After Dark

Karl Franz Williams of 67 Orange serves up a smoky interpretation of a classic.

Karl Franz Williams was climbing the corporate ladder when some branding research in the early 2000’s put him square in the middle of the booming mixology trade.

Smitten by both the burgeoning trends and the rich history of cocktails and bartending, the Yale graduate’s true calling became crystal clear: He was a mixologist.

Once home to the famed Almack's Dance Hall, Williams' 67 Orange Street hearkens back to the Ragtime-era with candlelight and solid mixology chops.

Though his cubicle days are a distant memory, Williams still reminesces about his college past. To wit: his Manhattan After Dark cocktail. “This brings back my senior year at Yale,” Williams recalls, “when we fraternity brothers would gather to sip port, smoke cigars and dream about our futures.” Port, a fortified wine, sits in for Vermouth, he explains, “and I experimented with proportions until the cigar smoke added a bittersweet note to the spicy rye.”


Recipe courtesy Karl Franz Williams, proprietor, 67 Orange

1 ounce cigar smoke infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon (recipes below)
1 ounce Woodford Reserve Bourbon (unsmoked)
½ ounce Canton Ginger Liqueur
½ ounce Benedictine
½ ounce port
Dash of Angostura Bitters
1 brandy soaked cherry

Combine all ingredients except the cherry in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled: Sides of the glass should be cold to the touch. Place cherry in the bottom of a chilled coupe or Martini glass and pour in mixed ingredients.


The best way to infuse bourbon with cigar smoke is with The Smoking Gun by PolyScience, available online for about $100 from places like Amazon and Williams Sonoma. This handheld tool uses cool smoke to impart hickory, apple wood or non wood flavors like tea into unusual foods like butter, chocolate, even salads. Williams infuses a full bottle at once, which keeps for at least a month.


Large glass baking dish
Aluminum sheet pan larger than the baking dish
High powered lighter or blowtorch
2 yards (approximately) of tinfoil

Pour the entire bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon in a large glass baking dish, which maximizes surface area. Place the dish atop and to one side of a slightly larger aluminum sheet pan. Place cigar on the sheet pan next to the baking dish. Using a high-powered lighter or blowtorch, ignite tobacco inside the cigar. Quickly blow out flames to leave the cigar smoking; then cover the entire pan with enough layers of tinfoil to keep the smoke inside. Let the covered dishes set for 30 minutes, then taste at 15 minute intervals until the bourbon has a tobacco aroma and leaves a smoky aftertaste. Return unused smoked bourbon to the bottle.

Read Williams' recipe for the Cocktail of the Month, The Emancipation Again, here >>>

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