Luxury Twist: The Cocktail

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Adam Davidson for many months of my time here at Although we stayed pretty busy and didn't chat much, I could always count on two things: he would be smoking a pipe, and it would most likely be filled with Peter Stokkebye's Luxury Twist.

It may sound strange that I often looked forward to this, given that 90% of my day is spent around people smoking and talking about pipes, but the room note of Adam's daily smoke was particularly appealing. The first few times I noticed this, I'd ask him what he was smoking. He would respond quite plainly in a "same thing I smoke every day," Pinky and the Brain kind of way. He tried new blends here or there, but eventually I realized that if I noticed it smelled particularly good, and Adam was smoking it, I didn't have to ask what it was.

After some time, I decided I needed to try Luxury Twist for myself. Not long after, my husband and I found a cocktail recipe that required the glass for the drink to be somewhat dusted with pipe tobacco smoke before drinking. The drink didn't sound very good, but the concept was interesting, so I decided to try two new things at once.

Dennis and I created a new recipe to try out this trick, which was certainly a success, and he was kind enough to act it out for the video below. Before we shot it, though, we sat down with a full pipe and glass each, and tried them both. Unsurprisingly, the two paired very well together. The rich Virginias helped accentuate the subtle sweetness of the fumed glass, adding an almost peaty note to the whisky. Overall, I enjoyed them very much, and could see the combination turning into a Friday night wind-down tradition.

What You'll Need:

  • Your Favorite Pipe Tobacco
  • Ice
  • Bitters
  • Whisky or Bourbon
  • Orange Twist/Slice
  • Torch Lighter
  • Glass


  1. Rub out your tobacco into ribbons.
  2. Use a torch lighter to set your tobacco on fire.
  3. Quickly place your glass (rim down) over the burning tobacco.
  4. Wait 1-2 minutes and remove the glass.
  5. Mix ice, bitters, and whisky in the glass.
  6. Coat the rim with orange slice
  7. Garnish with an orange twist and enjoy!


    • Calvin Miller on January 20, 2015
    • I will be trying this. Just saying.

    • Kathryn on January 21, 2015
    • Great, Cjoonya! Let us know what you think.

    • Scott on January 21, 2015
    • Great recipe! One question though, was that 3 drops of bitters I counted in the video? Just wanted to check as I know that too much or too little can make or break a drink. Thanks!

    • Kathryn on January 21, 2015
    • That's right, Scott! I'd say start with three; it's easy to add more if you need it, not so much the other way around. Best of luck and let us know how it goes.

    • Tony on January 18, 2016
    • That's the second biggest ice cube I've ever seen!

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