Aged Martini

Aged Martini Recipe
Photo: Lucas Allen
This classic gin-based cocktail develops a smooth, deep flavor after being aged in an oak barrel for 3 weeks.

Yield:

about 1 liter

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Recipe Time

Active: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

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

Preparation

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

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.

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

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.

Note:

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.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler,

October 2012
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