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

Jeffrey Morgenthaler
Recipe by Food & Wine


Lucas Allen

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins
about 1 liter


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

Chef's Notes

You can find 1-, 2-, 3- and 5-liter barrels at ($60 to $96). For barrels larger than 1 liter, multiply each aged cocktail recipe proportionately.