Aged Bamboo

This delicious sherry-based cocktail develops a smooth, deep flavor after being aged in an oak barrel for a month. Slideshow: Delicious Classic Cocktails 

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
1 liter


  • One 1-liter oak barrel (see Note)

  • 16 ounces Amontillado sherry

  • 16 ounces dry vermouth

  • 1/2 ounce orange bitters

  • 1 teaspoon Angostura bitters

  • Ice

  • Lemon twists, for serving


  1. If the barrel is new and dry inside, fill it with water and let stand until watertight, about 24 hours. Drain.

  2. Using a funnel, fill the barrel with all of the liquid ingredients. Let age, tasting a sample once a week, until the cocktail has taken on a rounded but not overly oaky flavor, about 1 month.

  3. Strain the cocktail through a coffee filter–lined funnel into a glass container and store indefinitely.

  4. To serve, pour 3 ounces into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and stir until chilled. Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist.


You can find 1-, 2-, 3- and 5-liter barrels at ($60 to $96). For barrels larger than 1 liter, multiply each aged cocktail recipe proportionately.

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