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Lawless Son

In an effort to recreate the time-honored ritual of smoking and drinking, we have begun to ingeniously smoke cocktail glasses with tobacco, wood, as well as other dry ingredients. On our skillet we light the tobacco and allow it to start smoking. We then cup it with a chilled double rocks glass and lets the smoke diffuse for five to ten seconds. Caught in a cold environment, the smoke cools and disperses slowly, almost clinging to the glass. Finally, we blended the flavors together using “truck stop bitters,” which incorporate everything one might pick up at a rest stop: coffee, tobacco and a candy bar (which is represented with cocoa). The Lawless Son is named for Shane’s 6 year old son, a wild man acting with reckless abandon in a misinterpreting world.


Serving: 1

  • 1 oz Vanilla Pipe Tobacco
  • 2 oz Bourbon (preferably Jefferson’s Reserve)
  • 1/4 oz Brown Sugar Simple Syrup (2:1, brown sugar:water)
  • 1/4 oz Campari
  • 4 dashes Truck Stop Bitters (see Editor’s Note)
  1. Chill a rocks glass in the freezer, at least 15 minutes ahead of time.
  2. Add bourbon, simple syrup, Campari and bitters to a mixing glass.
  3. Add ice and stir.
  4. On a skillet, carefully light pipe tobacco.
  5. Once heated and burning, cup a chilled rocks glass over the tobacco to trap smoke.
  6. Once smoke fills the glass, release. (Extinguish pipe tobacco.)
  7. Strain bourbon mixture into smoked glass.

To make truck stop bitters, combine 1 ounce each of vanilla pipe tobacco, cocoa beans, and coffee beans. Steep in 750 ml of overproof neutral spirit for about 2 weeks. Strain steeped spirit and bottle in dasher or dropper bottles.

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