Archive for May 2013

Barrel-aged Cocktail Experiment!

Amy got me a couple of oak barrels for my birthday from Oak Barrels Ltd so that I could start experimenting with barrel-aged cocktails.

I got 5 and 2 liter barrels; I knew I wanted to do a Manhattan in the bigger barrel, and then maybe age a white whiskey or another cocktail in the small one.

I settled on a Newark in the 2 liter barrel, which calls for Laird’s Applejack, Maraschino liqueur, sweet vermouth, and Fernet Branca. This should age pretty quickly in the smaller barrel – I’ll check it in 6 weeks to see how it’s doing.

I wanted to do a Negroni but read that it’s best to do that after you’ve already aged something else in the barrel.

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I’m looking forward to seeing how the Manhattan in the bigger barrel turns out. I used Buffalo Trace (it was on sale) as the base. This sucker should yield about six 750ml bottles of the good stuff, so I need to start collecting some empties.

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I’ll report back as I taste these during the aging process. This should be interesting, especially because patience isn’t really one of my best qualities, but I have to wait at least 8 weeks on the big barrel.