DIY Smoked Ice
If your awesome, high-tech cocktail smoking box has yet to arrive, here’s an easy at-home hack for campfire-infused drinks: smoked ice. All you need is a grill, wood chips, an ice cube tray and water.
Step One: Light Your GrillIf you are using a charcoal grill: Prepare the charcoal and, when the coals are hot, pile them on one side of the grill to create indirect heat.
If you are using a gas grill: Sit back. You don’t have to do anything quite yet.
Step Two: Choose Your WoodDifferent wood chips will infuse your ice with different flavors. For sweeter, fruitier notes, opt for apple wood or cherry. If you really want that campfire punch in the mouth, go for hickory. Before using your wood chips, soak them in water for about 30 minutes before draining them.
Step Three: Make Your DIY SmokerIf you are using a charcoal grill, wait until the coals have died down and are producing low heat. Dump a handful of wood chips directly onto the coals and close the lid.
If you are using a gas grill, pour your wood chips into a foil pan, cover with more foil, and poke holes into the top. Place your chip container in the back of the grill, turn the grill to high and close the lid.