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Barrel Aged Cocktail Recipes

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You have your barrel, now what do you do? My recommended best practice is after you fill your barrel, do a VERY small taste test once every two weeks. Once it reaches your desired flavor profile, empty and decant the spirit and start the fun all over again. I have found that the optimal time for aging is 1-3 months depending on what you are aging and your flavor profile. Please take note that since wood is porous, it will absorb the flavor of whatever you put in it, so there will always be a hint of that flavor forever after you use it.



Cocktails

For you adventurous customers, our great friends at Sidebar (www.sidebarwhiskeyrow.com) were kind enough to provide us with the below four recipes. All recipes are for a 3-liter barrel. They are all awesome! Also, if you are ever in Louisville and close to the KFC Yum Center downtown for a University of Louisville game / concert, Sidebar is a must-stop. Their burgers are incredible and they have the best bourbon selection / cocktails in town. Thanks again Sidebar!

Negroni

45 oz Beefeater Gin
27 oz Campari
27 oz Antica Carpano sweet vermouth

Age 2-3 weeks in the barrel, then empty the barrel into a decanter. Stir once you pour it from the barrel. Add an orange zest to taste.

Diamond Back

45 oz Dickle Rye Whiskey
22.5 oz Lairds Apple Brandy
15oz Yellow Chartreuse
7.5oz Aperol

Age 2-3 weeks in the barrel, then empty the barrel into a decanter. Stir with ice until diluted slightly.

Boulevardier

40.5 oz old Forester Signature
27 oz Campari
27 oz antica carpano sweet vermouth

Age 2-3 weeks in the barrel, then empty the barrel into a decanter. Stir 2.5 oz on ice until diluted just right. Strain over fresh ice and hit with orange zest over the top with the peel rubbed around the rim of the glass.

End Of Days

1 Liter Espolon Blanco Teq
1 Liter Campari
22.5 oz Demerara

Age 2 weeks in the barrel, then empty the barrel into a decanter. Take 2 oz and shake with 3/4 oz fresh lime juice and top with splash IPA.

Now that you have some more “sophisticated” recipes to start from Sidebar, below are some of my personal favorites that are really easy:

Sherry Aged Cask- leads to a sweet bourbon.

Fill the barrel with Oloroso sherry for four weeks. Empty the Sherry and add bourbon / whiskey into the barrel…I prefer WL Weller. Do a small taste test once every two weeks. Decant when ready.

Vanilla Bourbon

For every one liter of bourbon you put in the barrel, add one vanilla bean (whole or cut, it does not matter). Let age for two weeks, then do a small taste test. Once it reaches your desired flavor profile, decant it and start the fun all over.

Honey Bourbon

In a mixing bowl, add your spirit (bourbon, whiskey, rum, etc) with two teaspoons of honey and mix until the honey has dissolved. Try the spirit, then if you want more honey depending on the barrel size, add accordingly and mix. Pour the spirit into the barrel. Note that if you add the honey directly into the barrel, the honey will clog the spigot.

Customer Recipes

Several customer have submitted recipes that they claim are out of this world. Thank you customers!

1) Submitted by customer James High.

3 liters of Weller's 107 proof (a little less to fit the other ingredients
2 vanilla beans cut down the middle
9 tablespoons of black cherry juice

Age 3-4 weeks in the barrel, then empty the barrel into a decanter.

2) 4 parts Jim Beam, 1 part sweet vermouth, 1/12 part angostura bitters, and 1/12 part cherry juice (from jar of maraschino cherries). Age for 4-6 weeks.
 
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