Craving a cigarette Bartenders have come up with an ingenious way to get you your fix – without breaking the smoking ban
22:54 GMT, 26 September 2012
Bartenders have found a way for customers to enjoy tobacco without flouting the smoking ban: by putting it in cocktails.
And the tobacco-flavoured drinks are tickling the taste buds of smokers and non-smokers alike.
Based on Perique Tobacco Liqueur (34.99, simplywines direct.com), a brandy-like spirit distilled with one of the strongest tobaccos in the world, the drinks have none of the cyanide, tar or carcinogens in cigarettes.
They do, however, contain a trace amount of nicotine (not enough to get you addicted).
Smoking: Tobacco-flavoured cocktails are becoming popular with smokers and non-smokers (file photo)
Raoul’s Bar in Oxford and Barts and Ten Manchester Street bars in London all serve them.
Barts’ cocktail creator Tom Foulser says: ‘They have a subtle essence of moist, vanilla-scented tobacco.’
To make your own, shake together 20ml of tobacco liqueur, 20ml rum, 20ml coffee liquor, 10ml lemon juice and 1 tsp sugar syrup. Serve in a chilled glass — cigarette optional.
Smoker's paradise: Raoul's Bar – the Oxford drinkerie where the tobacco-flavoured cocktail is made