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Aged White Manhattan

Photo: Lucas Allen
Active time 20 mins
Yield about 1 liter
Aging this delicious Manhattan cocktail in an oak barrel for a month develops its smooth, deep flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 oak barrel, (see Note)
  • 16 ounces unaged white whiskey, such as Trybox Series New Make
  • 16 ounces white vermouth, such as Dolin Blanc
  • 1/2 ounce orange bitters
  • 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.