Velvet Smoke
Velvet Smoke

Velvet Smoke

  By PolyScience Culinary  ,   ,

October 15, 2021


“Using Sous Vide to Fat Wash a cocktail causes the flavor of the Brown Butter (the fat), to infuse with the spirit while creating an over the top smooth mouthfeel that you don’t get with traditional fat washing methods” ~ Phil Wills, The Spirits in Motion


Cardamom Brown Butter Bourbon

13 oz. Bourbon whiskey

7 Cardamom pods, toasted, slightly crushed

57 g Butter, browned

To Serve

2 1/2 oz. Cardamom Brown Butter Bourbon

1/4 oz. Simple syrup

2 dash Angostura bitters

1 Orange peel

1 Luxardo cherry

Wood smoke


Cardamom Brown Butter Bourbon

Combine all the ingredients in a sous vide bag and vacuum seal.

Set the HydroPro to 160°F and cook for 1 hour .

Strain through a fine mesh strainer and refrigerate for 24hrs.

Remove mix from refrigerator and peel away fat layer on top. Strain through a fine mesh strainer again. Reserve in the refrigerator.

To Serve

Add the infused bourbon, simple syrup, and Angostur bitters to a mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled and diluted.


Garnish with an orange peel and Luxardo Cherry

Rocks glass

Phil Wills has been in the bar business for over 20 years. His experience comes from all types of establishments. From corporate restaurants, independent local bars and major night clubs to high end mixology craft cocktail bars. In 2011 he started his own consultancy,
The Spirits In Motion©, with long time friend and bar business partner Tony Pereyra.

The Spirits In Motion© is an L.A. beverage-consulting company. Together, Phil and Tony have a combined over 35 years of bar and restaurant experience. Throughout their careers, Phil and Tony have gained expertise in every facet of the beverage industry. They have been crafting, creating, and training all over the U.S. and even internationally. With contributing to the opening of over 400 bar and restaurants to date, they provide innovations in mixology, structured bar programs, strategic partnerships and positive training experiences. Believing in their motto, “Beverage is our business, Hospitality is our passion”, remix, rebuild or refresh, they keep The Spirits In Motion©.

Phil Wills has been featured in multiple conference engagements such as Nightclub & Bar Show, VIBE, The Flavor Experience, National Restaurant Show and Tales of the Cocktail to name a few. While appearing in multiple media outlets, he currently is an expert on the hit TV show Bar Rescue on Paramount Network for the past 6 seasons. His passion lies with the creation of great crafted cocktails, education and training to make the craft of tending bar better as a whole.


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