A Classic, Reinvented
I never thought the world’s greatest cocktail—the classic martini—could get any better.Then I had the pleasure of trying this new, whiskey-infused version from Cody Goldstein, head bartender at New York’s cocktail mecca the Upholstery Store. It’s packed with rich flavors, healthy ingredients (lapsang souchong tea?) but no added sugars or syrups. Made with real smoke, it’s perfect for cool fall nights.
11⁄4 oz lapsang souchong–infused Nikka Coffey Whisky
1 oz Aperol
3⁄4 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
Use a kitchen torch to char a cedar plank or cinnamon stick until it begins to smoke. Place a chilled rocks glass over the burning area and let sit. Combine cocktail ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Stir for 10 seconds, then strain into the smoke-infused glass. Garnish with lemon twist. To make infused whiskey, add 2 tbsp loose tea leaves to a 750 ml bottle. Let sit for 4 hours, shaking every hour or so. Strain tea leaves before drinking.