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Aged White Manhattan

Aging this delicious Manhattan cocktail in an oak barrel for a month develops its smooth, deep flavor.

Food & Wine OCTOBER 2012

  • Yield: about 1 liter
  • Active: 20 Minutes


  • 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


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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