Smoky Martini

The martini has so many tempting variations. Try using a smoky malt whiskey, such as Talisker, or a peated one, such as Laphroaig.–Ben Reed

LC Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Note

Don’t be so certain that you’ll be true to the classic martini. Not after you try this rendition. Sometimes some things just can’t be denied, when smoke gets in your eyes…and your martini. Which reminds us, let’s revisit that other classic, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” shall we? It dates back to 1933, when American composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Otto Harbach got all sentimental in creating the musical Roberta. It became a cult classic, though, reappearing a few years later in the film adaptation of the musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and was otherwise covered by countless artists since then, including Nat King Cole, that crooner, and those doo-woppers, The Platters. We’ve included the lyrics below, seeing as by now you probably already have the melody in your mind, and we figure you may as well have the proper words, too.

They asked me how I knew
My true love was true
Oh, I of course replied
Something here inside cannot be denied

They said someday you’ll find
All who love are blind
Oh, when your heart’s on fire
You must realize
Smoke gets in your eyes

So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed
To think they could doubt my love
Yet today my love has flown away
I am without my love

Now laughing friends deride
Tears I can not hide
Oh, so I smile and say
When a lovely flame dies
Smoke gets in your eyes
Smoke gets in your eyes

Smoky Martini Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • Serves 1


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 dash dry vermouth
  • 1 dash whiskey
  • Ice
  • Lemon zest


  • 1. Add the gin, dry vermouth, and whiskey to a shaker filled with ice. Shake sharply and strain into a chilled martini glass. Run the lemon zest along the rim.
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