Barrel aged cocktails have become increasingly popular in recent years and for good reason. Essentially, they are cocktails that have been aged in oak barrels, which gives them a unique and complex flavor profile. The process involves mixing the cocktail and then letting it sit in the barrel for a period of time, allowing the flavors to meld together and the wood to impart its own flavor. The result is a drink that is smoother and more nuanced than a freshly mixed cocktail.
If you’re a fan of whiskey or other aged spirits, you’ll likely enjoy barrel aged cocktails. They’re perfect for sipping on a cozy night in or impressing guests at a dinner party. Some classic cocktails that lend themselves well to the barrel aging process include the Negroni and Manhattan. However, there are plenty of creative recipes out there that use unexpected ingredients and flavors. So, whether you’re a seasoned cocktail connoisseur or just looking to try something new, barrel aged cocktails are definitely worth a try.
A Negroni is a classic gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth cocktail with a bold botanical and bitter flavor. This recipe uses smoked wood chips to neutralize some of the negroni's inherent bitterness with a lovely smoky flavor. The ingenious method to infuse the negroni with wood chips uses NO2 from a whipped cream canister.
Considering Manhattans use barrel-aged bourbon as the star ingredient, a barrel-aged Manhattan intensifies the complex earthy and spiced notes of the bourbon. This recipe uses oak barrels to make small batches of barrel-aged Manhattans. It recommends aging the cocktail for a minimum of six weeks to bring out the butterscotch, vanilla, and oak flavors.
This simple, two-ingredient cocktail is not so much a cocktail as it is an extra aging process. Instead of curing an oak barrel with water to prepare it for aging, this cocktail recipe has you cure the oak barrel with sherry, leaving the sherry-filled barrel to soak for days before funneling your favorite rye whiskey in.
This user-friendly recipe is a fruity twist on the classic French 75 gin cocktail. It doesn't require you to age the cocktail but instead uses barrel-aged gin to combine with lemon and Champagne. Instead of sugar, this barrel-aged gin cocktail uses mandarin juice, making it even more refreshing.
Using barrel-aged gin is a modern twist on the classic gin martini. Barrel-aged gin ranges in flavor depending on what kind of cask it's aged in. This barrel-aged gin martini combines the intensified juniper flavor in gin with sweet vermouth and orange bitters. If you're a fan of botanical and bitter flavors, the barrel-aged gin martini will be your new favorite.
Hailing from New Orleans during the 1930s, the Vieux Carre is a super alcoholic cocktail consisting of rye, cognac, sweet vermouth, and various bitters. Funneling this classic cocktail into a charred oak barrel to age brings out a luxurious smokiness and smooths out the harsh alcoholic bite.
This extravagant cocktail has you make a barrel-aged "essence of S'more" consisting of vodka, crème de cocoa, and vanilla bean. It only takes a week for this luscious essence to take on a flavorful life of its own. The barrel-aged chocolate and vanilla-infused vodka gets mixed with more chocolate liqueur and heavy cream, then garnished with a toasted marshmallow and graham cracker.
This double-aged, spiced whiskey recipe combines Irish whiskey with numerous baking spices, bananas, and earl grey tea. First, you combine the ingredients in a glass jar to stew for a couple of days before funneling it into an oak barrel to age for a minimum of three weeks. The bananas add sweetness to tamper the spices, and the aging process makes this spiced whiskey go down smoothly.
Another barrel-aged gin drink, the Martinez is a cross between a Manhattan and a gin martini. It may sound like a modern cocktail, but the Martinez is older than the classic gin martini. It blends barrel-aged gin with sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Angostura bitters. This cocktail is a sweet and floral drink that can be scaled up for dinner parties.
9 Barrel Aged Cocktail Recipes
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