Independent Distillery: The Smith & Kearns cocktail

The Smith & Kearns was created in Edinburgh, UK in 1952 and named after two oilmen who were regulars at a local bar: Smith and Curran.

As the drink became more popular, the loud atmosphere in bars caused the name ‘Curran’ to be misheard as ‘Kearns.’ Also, the original creme de cacao was also replaced with coffee liqueur due to Kahlua’s popularity in the 1960’s.

Whether you prefer it with a coffee or chocolate flavor, the Smith & Kearns is a delicious drink for a cozy day.

Be sure to try one next time you’re at Independent Distillery!

The Smith & Kearns Cocktail

  1. Pour the creme de cacao (or Kahlua), vodka and cream in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake.
  2. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top the glass off with club soda.

    If you’re looking for something more fruity,  try a few of their Smashes which also include their house-made 10 Botanical Gin such as the Pepino Fresco and Cherry Limeade.  Smashes are made with your choice of spirit and fresh local produce, balanced with fresh squeezed juice and a splash of bubbles served in a LARGE mason jar.  The Pepino Fresco features  gin, cucumber, basil, lime, and soda; while the Cherry Limeade’s recipe includes gin, lime, house spifflicated cherries, and  soda.

    The other smashes on their menu are:

    • Southern Belle: Bourbon, strawberries and peaches, lemon, and soda
    • Super Saiyan: Rum, banana liqueur, orange juice, pineapple, and soda
    • The Monsoon: Independent Distillery Vodka, fresh blueberries, mint, house-made lemongrass vanilla bitters, and  soda.
    • Drunk in Love: rum, watermelon, basil, lime, and ginger ale

    Smashes are normally $12, but you can get them for ONLY $5, HERE