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Aged Martini

This classic gin-based cocktail develops a smooth, deep flavor after being aged in an oak barrel for 3 weeks.

Food & Wine OCTOBER 2012

  • Yield: about 1 liter
  • 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.
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