New Barrels Aging

20160716-IMG_6143After some shopping this weekend, I started aging 3 new barrels of various sizes. In a new 3-liter barrel from Four Roses I started a Vieux Carré using a recipe form The Cocktail Dudes.  I’m slowly working my way through all their barrel aged recipes, except the Rum ones.  I really enjoy the Vieux Carré cocktail so I’m looking forward to tasting it after it ages a bit.


Vieux Carré 3-Liter Barrel Ingredients


  • 750 ml Rye
  • 750 ml Cognac
  • 750 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 4½ oz. Benedictine
  • 1½ oz. Angostura Bitters
  • 1½ oz. Peychaud’s Bitters


In my 2-liter barrel I started a base for a NorCal Margarita so it’s just Herradura Tequila and Cointreau at about a 4:1 ratio. Once this has aged a bit I’ll add the base to some fresh squeezed lime juice and club soda for a fantastic lite cocktail. As for my 1-Liter barrel, which I’m slowly phasing out, I have an End of Days cocktail. This recipe comes from Bluegrass Barrels.


End of Days


  • 400ml Espolon Blanco Tequila
  • 400ml Campari22.5 oz Demerara
  • 9 oz Demerara


Age 2 weeks in the barrel, then empty the barrel into a decanter. Take 2 oz and shake with 3/4 oz fresh lime juice and top with splash IPA.


To date the barrel aging has been a pretty cool hobby. My favorites so far were a Boulevardier and a Barrel Aged Margarita which came out much more complex that a standard one. I read a description of it once saying it was a whisky drinkers Margarita and I would concur.  Last night’s Cocktail was what I consider the perfect Manhattan.


Scott’s Perfect Manhattan


  • 2 oz Four Roses Small Batch Boubon
  • .5 oz Carpano Sweet Vermouth
  • .5 oz Dolin’s Dry Vermouth
  • Garnish with two House Made Brandied Cherry’s (cherry’s, sugar, lemon juice, water & brandy) and a drop of their juice.


I love this… Think I’ll have one now!!


  • Cheers

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