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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.

 

Drink Recipe – Gin Mule

A gin take on the Moscow Mule; fitting for this 70 degree early March day in Chicago.

Traditionally served over ice in a copper mug.  However, if you’re like me and your collection of stemware is getting a little ridiculous, a highball will do just fine.

This drink works because of the Gin No. 6; I don’t think it would be ask good with a more traditional gin.

Drink Recipe – Martinez

It took me a couple of tries to get into this drink; the Ransom Old Tom gin takes a little bit of getting used to at first. This has turned into one of my favorites.  There’s a theme here: I love gin cocktails.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1.5oz Ransom Old Tom gin
  • 0.5oz Luxardo Maraschino liqeur
  • 0.75oz sweet vermouth
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Build the ingredients in an ice-filled glass
  • Stir with a bar spoon
  • Strain into a cocktail glass
Note: the recipe called for Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth, otherwise known as the best sweet vermouth ever. The problem is it only comes in a 1 liter bottle which tends to go flat before you use it all … I wish they made a smaller bottle!



Martinez

Drink Recipe – Corpse Reviver #2

I had this drink for the first time at The Drawing Room in Chicago and was instantly hooked.

The Corpse Reviver #2 is historically a breakfast drink (ha!). I have to say that I did have it with breakfast at Big Jones and it was pretty awesome …

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 3/4oz New Holland Knickerbocker gin (I like to up the gin slightly)
  • 1oz Cointreau
  • 1oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • A few drops of Lucid absinthe
  • Shake with ice
  • Double-strain into a cocktail glass
Enjoy!

Corpse Reviver #2