Barrel-Aged Manhattan



  • 2 parts Bourbon or Rye
  • 1 part Sweet Vermouth
  • ⅔ oz Orange Bitters per liter of Bourbon

  • Pour all ingredients into a clean oak barrel. Barrel character will be apparent by week 1, and continue to deepen following that. To serve, tap 3 ounces into a mixing glass. Stir, with ice, to chill and strain into an Old Fashioned Glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry. (Alternately, bottle the contents of the barrel into clean single-serving bottles. Cap, refrigerate, serve in a chilled glass, and garnish as above.)

Barrel-aging a Manhattan nicely rounds out this classic and provides it with an extra layer of richness and depth by adding subtle oak, smoke, and vanilla notes. The Manhatten is a great cocktail to initially age in your barrel. Follow it up, and experiment, by aging a different bourbon or rye-based cocktail (such as the Boulevardier). Enjoy it as it ages and evolves in your barrel. You’ll notice changes at day 5, with a peak (in a 3-liter barrel) at about 4 weeks. (The larger your barrel, the longer it will take to reach its aging peak.) Check out our Tools & Techniques video about Cocktail Aging Barrels as well as the different Barrel-Aged Cocktails we have made.


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  1. posted by Rustyford555 on March 23, 2019

    Loved this recipe Guys. I followed your recipe and aged my Manny’s and they turned out great!! Aged Manhattans, are now my favorite drink. so smooth and flavorful. Look forward to trying more of the recipes. Keep up the great videos.

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