Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned

2015-09-07

Ingredients

  • 2.25 liters Bourbon or Rye (3-750ml bottles)
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1¾ oz. Angostura Bitters

  • (Designed for a 3-liter barrel): Add all ingredients to a large pitcher. Stir (to dissolve the sugar) and pour into your barrel. Store for 4 weeks or more. Swirl the barrel, gently, before tapping as the Angostura Bitters will settle. To serve, tap ~3 ounces into an ice-filled mixing glass and stir to chill. Strain into a rocks glass over a fresh ice-cube. Top with orange oil from the twist of an orange skin, discarding the rind. (If storing the aged cocktail in bottles, tap into 167ml bottles, along with ¼ oz. water. Cap and store in the freezer. To serve, pour over ice and serve with the orange twist.)

The Old Fashioned is the classic cocktail – the one that started it all. Originally dubbed, simply, the “Whiskey Cocktail,” this straightforward mixture of spirit, sugar, water, and bitters has been “improved” upon ad infinitum over the past two centuries. Our barrel-aged version is true to the classic and makes for a great “improvement” by adding subtle hints of smoke, charcoal, and vanilla, compliments of the charred oak barrel. Check out our other barrel-aged cocktails and our tools & techniques video about how to manage your cocktail aging barrels. Check out our cocktail college video on the Old Fashioned to learn a bit of history, and sample all of the “improvements” to the old fashioned we have made. Cheers!

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