This Hell’s Kitchen cocktail, while in the Manhattan family, is actually a cross between a Little Italy and a Paper Plane that is smoked for good measure. While few of us have a proper smoking box lying around the house, enjoying a Smoke on the Boulevard cocktail near a campfire, fireplace or wood-burning stove and passing the glass through the smoke might tide you over until you can score a reservation at Gordon Ramsay’s new Caesars Palace hot spot.
■ 1 1/2 ounces Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey
■ 1/2 ounce Aperol
■ 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
■ 1/4 ounce Averna Amaro
■ 2 dashes of cherry bitters
■ Smoking box
■ Orange swath
Combine ingredients with ice and stir to mix. Strain into glass over ice sphere. Smoke with cherrywood (optional). Garnish with orange.