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Aged Martini

Photo: Lucas Allen

 

Active time 20 mins
Yield about 1 liter
This classic gin-based cocktail develops a smooth, deep flavor after being aged in an oak barrel for 3 weeks.

Ingredients

  • 1 oak barrel, (see Note)
  • 22 ounces gin
  • 11 ounces dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • Lemon twists, for serving

How to Make It

  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.

Cook's Notes

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.