© Lucas Allen
Active Time
20 MIN
Total Time
Serves : about 1 liter

Aging this delicious Manhattan cocktail in an oak barrel for a month develops its smooth, deep flavor. Slideshow: Reinvented Classic Cocktails

How to Make It

Step 1    

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

Step 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.

Step 3    

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

Step 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 tuthilltown.com ($60 to $96). For barrels larger than 1 liter, multiply each aged cocktail recipe proportionately.

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