If you like to sip something strong during your main course, you’re in good company at Valley Smoke. Whiskey isn’t just a spirit reserved for dark speakeasies or stately libraries. Nope. Modern whiskey drinkers like you enjoy a chilled glass of the good stuff just about anywhere. If you’re craving a top-shelf cocktail (or something a little cheaper, we’re not judging) with your meal, here are our favorite entree pairings to round out your drinking experience.
Ribs from the Pit are the Perfect Whiskey Partner
Heritage St Louis Style Ribs go great with just about anything, but especially a strong whiskey cocktail. The Valley Smoke whiskey wall boasts countless different varieties of everyone’s favorite dark liquor. While you can’t go wrong with any of them, some of our signature cocktails pair especially well with our BBQ meat.

Aahhh, the Old Fashioned. We mix Eagle Rare 10 year bourbon with Luxardo cherries, Bittermilk Old Fashioned mix and a fresh orange slice. It’s classic, it’s honest and it just tastes right. This simple libation is the perfect complement to a good ‘ole rack of ribs.
Whiskey in One Hand and a Valley Smoke Reuben in the Other
When you think of a great dinner to accompany your equally-as-good glass of liquor, you likely don’t think of a sandwich. Well, hear us out on this one. Whiskey is a complex, rich drink that pairs perfectly with fresh rye bread and mild slices of deli meat. That’s where the Reuben comes in.

Our Valley Smoke Reuben is a favorite amongst team members and customers alike. We thinly slice our house pastrami onto marble rye. Then, we top it off with sauerkraut, baby swiss and Russian dressing. It’s dang good — and even better with a Roscoe Sunset. This cocktail combines Elijah Craig small batch bourbon, Pama pomegranate liqueur and fresh lemonade.
The Gentleman’s Favorite: Steak and a Strong Beverage
At risk of becoming a cliche, it’s important we mention just how good the Valley Smoke steak really is. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t even bother putting this classic pairing on the list.

Indulge in a perfectly cooked 14-ounce ribeye that’s finished with southwestern chile butter, arugula salad and fries. Sound outstanding? Oh yeah, we know. Top it all off with a Manhattan. Well, not just any Manhattan. Prepare yourself for Col E.H. Taylor small batch bourbon, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters and a Luxardo cherry. It all sounds similar to meals of your past, but it’s just so, so much better.
Reserve Your Table for the Perfect Whiskey Dinner this Summer
Whether you want a spot indoors with views of the whiskey wall or a table outside overlooking the Intracoastal, we’ve got ‘ya covered over at Valley Smoke. Make your reservation here. We can’t wait to see you!

Your first thought for summer sipping probably isn’t a dark bourbon or a single malt scotch. Mix it the right way and your mind will change forever. From a kick of ginger to a squeeze of citrus, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to give whiskey its time in the spotlight this summer.

Whiskey doesn’t have to be sipped around a fire as a seasonal indulgence. Toss your coat in the closet and slip into something a little lighter, because these cocktail recipes are beach ready for your hot summer. Our team at Valley Smoke knows a thing or two about great whiskey and how to serve it. Here are a few of our favorites:

Block Party Bourbon Fishbowl

Nothing says summer like a strong cocktail with heavy notes of citrus and sweet fruit. Grab a group of friends and give this gallon-size cocktail a try on a sizzling day this season.

Ingredients:

5 Shots of Black Tea Bourbon

3 Oz Fresh Strawberry Simple Syrup

1 Oz Clover Honey Simple Syrup

3 Oz Key Lime Juice

5 Dashes of Bitters

Combine all of the ingredients in a fishbowl then stir in plenty of ice and the sliced citrus, strawberries and cherries. Garnish with halved strawberries, lemon slices and a few cherries. This serves four-to-six people, so proceed with caution!

Backwoods Bourbon Punch

This one’s courtesy of the pros behind the bar at Valley Smoke. Have a hankering for something fruity that still packs a punch? We’ve got ‘ya covered.

You need to find a good bourbon for this one — we use Old Forester 1897. Now, the proportions are top-secret but we can break down the components:

Ingredients:

1-2 Shots of Bourbon

Grapefruit Juice

Sweet Vermouth

Aperol

Mix ingredients together and garnish with a slice of orange and a booze-soaked cherry. Voila! You’ve got yourself a top-shelf cocktail recipe. Grab a seat around the Whiskey Bar at Valley Smoke for a taste of the real deal.

Jacksonville Julep

Skip the races and head to the St. Johns River instead. We love sipping this version of the classic Mint Julep on a boat in the middle of the water.

Ingredients:

2 Shots of Bourbon

.5 Oz Coconut Lime Simple Syrup

Sprigs of Mint

Crushed Ice

Muddle five mint leaves and simple syrup in a julep cup (an old fashioned glass will work just fine in a pinch). Fill the glass to the brim with ice and pour in the bourbon. Stir. Garnish with mint and a slice of lime.

Swing into Valley Smoke for Waterfront Sunset Cocktails

The team behind the bar at Valley Smoke really knows their stuff. From the perfect pour of Prosecco to the unrivaled Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (another Valley Smoke bourbon staple), you can’t go wrong with summer sipping on the Intracoastal.

Want to grab dinner while you’re here? Make a reservation to ensure a table with a view. We can’t wait to see you!

At Valley Smoke, we love whiskey and its various forms. Bourbon, rye or scotch – you name it, we got it. We all know whiskey makes for a delicious winter cocktail but summer is approaching quickly and we aren’t quite ready to part ways. With refreshing summer fusions of strawberry, cucumber, rhubarb, mint, blackberry, peach or lemon, you’ll learn very quickly brown spirits are very versatile. Here are a few of Valley Smoke’s favorite warm weather cocktails that’ll have you boozing all summer long:

 

Derby Sour

Woodford Reserve/ Lemon/ Simple Syrup/ Bittermilk #3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour/ Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend

The name ‘derby’ has been given to a number of cocktails, reference to the Kentucky Derby, bourbon is the most popular base spirit. The sour recipe is a lovely, refreshing twist on the Kentucky Derby classic, the Mint Julep. The Derby Sour is a sweet, delicious summer cocktail for a whiskey lover.

 

Rock and Rye

High West Double Rye/ Rock Candy/ Luxardo/ Star Anise/ Cinnamon/ Lemon/ Orange/ Clove

You make not recognize the name but you’d know the classic cocktail if you saw it. Ya know, the one with the rock candy sticking out of it. It’s origin is traced back to the 20th century when bartenders added rock candy, or rock candy syrup, to smooth out the bite of a young rye. It was often used as a remedy for sniffles or a sore throat. Back then, it was more of a remedy while now, Valley Smoke has crafted it into an exciting refresher.

 

Cucumber Gimlet

Nolet’s Gin/ St. Germain/ House Basil/ Simple Syrup/ Fresh Cucumber/ Lime

I know when I see a cucumber drink on the menu, I just can’t resist. Cucumber cocktails are the epitome of refreshing: light, summery and hydrating. What’s a gimlet? Gimlets are composed of gin, lime juice and a touch of simple syrup. When these basic ingredients are shake with ice and strained into a martini glass, something magical happens.

 

Blackberry Whiskey Smash

Redemption Rye/ Blackberries/ Gingerale/ Lemon/ Simple Syrup

The Blackberry Whiskey Smash is the whiskey drinker’s mojito! This is the perfect drink for those who are whiskey drinkers at heart but have a soft spot for a refreshing mojito. The cocktail is crisp, refreshing and versatile enough for any time of year.

 

Even if you aren’t a big whiskey drinker, it never hurts to try something new! Lucky for you, all these enchanting summer cocktails are on the menu at Valley Smoke. Come visit us in Ponte Vedra, Florida for some tasty craft cocktails, delicious BBQ and an intercoastal view that can’t be beat.

BBQ season is here! For many of us, this is the wonderful time of the year we get to gather around with family and friends and enjoy some delicious BBQ. So, whether you’re eating at Valley Smoke or grilling out in the backyard, you have to try these drink and BBQ pairings. It’s going to change the way you enjoy a real southern BBQ meal. From grilled chicken to marinated beef brisket, we’ve got the perfect drink for you: (more…)

In our very biased (but extremely honest) opinion, there’s nothing better than sipping a cool cocktail with a nice view of the intracoastal. Lucky for you, this unbeatable scene is right down the road at Valley Smoke. Our incredibly experienced bartenders love experimenting with new libations, and one of Valley Smoke’s favorite ways to spice up our cocktails is by adding seasonal herbs and produce. Here are some awesome cocktails with unique ingredients you’ll find featured on our menu: (more…)