Apple Wood-Smoked Manhattan

This riff on a Manhattan is a classic all year round. The wafer-thin slice of apple–coated in sugar with a whiff of cinnamon, then brûléed–isn’t just a garnish but a star of the show. Think of it as The Compound mixologist Alex Aguayo’s grown-up version of a candy apple. Add some puffs of apple woodsmoke and you’ve got a drink that is truly smoking.

Apple Wood-Smoked Manhattan Recipe


2 ½ oz Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey
1 oz sweet vermouth
3 dashes angostura bitters
Thin slice of brûléed candied apple


  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass carafe.
  2. Infuse the drink with apple woodsmoke for 30 seconds then pour into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.
  3. Garnish the Apple Wood-Smoked Manhattan slice of brûléed candied apple.

Pair it with a delicious Salty Snack Mix Recipe to compliment those smokey notes.

Recipe by Alex Aguayo of The Compound / Story by Julia Platt Leonard / Styling by Keith Recker / Photography by Daniel Quat

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