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Another creation from wine blogger Mary Cressler, this unusual take on the classic Old Fashioned takes a little preparation, but it’s well worth it.

Cressler shared her recipe on Instagram, saying all you have to do is “smoke some water for a couple hours and use that smoke infused water to make smoked ice” as if that’s the easiest concept to grasp in the world.

If you have a smoker, you can make your own infused water by placing around 500ml in a heatproof dish and smoking at around 90 degrees Celsius for two to three hours, before straining the liquid to remove impurities and freezing it into ice cubes.

If that sounds like a tall order, Welsh drinks maker Halen Mon sells ready-smoked water for around £13.40 per litre. Once your water is sufficiently smoked, simply make your Old Fashioned as normal, but remember to add these dark and delicious ice cubes to the tipple.

To make: Add 1sp sugar to a tumbler with four dashes of Angostura Bitters and a splash of water and stir till sugar is dissolved. Add 2oz of Bourbon with a few of the smoked ice cubes and stir. Garnish with orange peel.

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