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Cocktails: Smoked Garnishes with John Dudley

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Cocktails Smoked Garnishes with John Dudley

Learn how to elevate your cocktails to a whole new level of flavor. Jon Dudley recommends slicing citrus super thin, giving it a dusting of sugar, and smoking it on the Traeger to infuse your drinks with delicious smoky flavor.

Smoked Berry Cocktail

by Traeger Kitchen

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

15 Min





Fresh, fruity, and perfect for a hot summer day. Smoked berries are nestled between layers of bourbon and citrus for one refreshing sip.

1/2 Cupstrawberries, stemmed
1/2 Cupblackberries
1/2 Cupblueberries
8 Ouncebourbon or iced tea
2 Ouncelime juice
3 Ouncesimple syrup
As Neededsoda water
fresh mint, for garnish
  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 180˚F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

  • 2

    Wash berries well, spread them on a clean cookie sheet, and place on the grill. Smoke berries for 15 minutes.

  • 3

    Remove berries from grill and transfer to a blender. Puree berries until smooth then pass through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds.

  • 4

    To create a layered cocktail, pour 2 ounces of berry puree in the bottom of a glass. Next, pour 2 ounces of bourbon or iced tea over the back of a spoon into the glass, then 1/2 ounce lime juice and 1/2 ounce simple syrup, and top with soda water and ice. Finish with mint or extra berries for garnish.

  • 5

    Repeat the same process for 3 more servings. Enjoy!