First, use the kitchen torch to burn the cedar board, and then place a cocktail glass immediately over the board, trapping in the smoke.
In the glass, combine the simple syrup (or sugar) and bitters. Give that a few quick stirs. Fold and squeeze the orange peel over the drink, then lightly rub the edges of the glass with the peel before adding it to the glass. Add the ice (I love a big ice cube here) and pour in the whiskey and a splash of water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a cherry.
-You can use any maraschino cherry, but I do recommend seeking out Luxardo cherries (available online if you can’t find them in stores near you) as they are SOOOO good and really elevate at-home cocktail making.
-You can buy cedar boards usually in the grilling section of stores or online. You can use other boards as well, just make sure they haven’t been treated or coated with anything that you would not want to eat.