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One smokin' drink

Written by Gretchen McKay on

We Pittsburghers are pretty darn proud of our bad-ass history as the "Smoky City."

No where is that more evident that at Industry Public House in Lawrenceville, where the signature cocktail is infused with smoke.  

Called the Smokestack, its preparation requires the bartender building a small campfire of woodchips on top of the drink (there are four to choose from), and then lighting it on fire with a blow torch. When the smoke starts to build, it's captured inside a glass. 

The finishing touch is piece of burnt orange peel, run around the rim of the glass so as to release a few drops of citrus oil, "so you breathe in a wonderful orange aroma before your first sip," says bartender Alana Gregory. 

A drink so visually spectacular might seem like nothing more than an expensive stunt (adding smoke adds $3 to the bill). Ms. Gregory, who's been known to make 30 or more a night, begs to differ. 

"The smoke smooths it out, and brings out the barrel-aged flavor," she says.

The result is a drink so perfectly balanced that "even ladies who don't like whiskey love them."

Did this non-whiskey-drinking girl enjoy throwing one back?

Watch this first Cool Pittsburgh Food in a Minute video to find out.  

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