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  • Writer's pictureJarnard Sutton

Learn how to make this smokey Hawaiian riff on the classic Black Manhattan cocktail

In case you're looking for tasty cocktails for the holidays, this cocktail is for you, especially if you're a bourbon lover. This libation is made in collaboration with with Employees Only and Maui’s iconic and the recently renovated Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Employees Only wanted to pay homage to the The resort’s eponymous Botero statue – The Smoking Lady – who oversees Grand Wailea’s stunning Botero Lounge.

This flavorful libation is a Hawaiian riff on the classic Black Manhattan, featuring a robust yet delicate intermingling of ingredients. Coconut fat-wash imparts a layer of decadence unto Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, artfully balanced with Hibiscus Cordial and Kupu Spirits Island Amaro. A cloud of aromatic clove smoke envelopes the stunning cocktail when served – adding flair to any holiday gathering for home mixologists everywhere.

Smoking Lady

Recipe Courtesy of Grand Wailea & Employees Only


1 3/4 oz. Coconut Fat-washed Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon

3/4 oz. Hibiscus Cordial

1/2 oz. Kupu Spirits Island Amaro


Stir over Ice and strain over a large ice cube.

Garnish with Orange Zest and freshly grated nutmeg.

Finish by placing under a cloche and smoking with aromatic dried clove smoke.


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