Barrel aging cocktails is fun, it appeals to my sense of chemistry and play, the same way baking does. It started off in Portland at Clyde Commons as a kind of quirky new take on traditional cocktails like the Manhattan. Well it is no longer so quirky or limited to the adventurous bartenders who work at speak easy artisanal bars in Portland or Williamsburg, those days have past and now you don’t even need your own barrel you can simply go to the store and buy a bottle that has already been made and aged for you. Barrel aged cocktails are ready for their close-up.Sorry I couldn’t resist that. If you’re feeling adventuresome, but not too energetic not to worry now there are make-at-home kits all nicely packaged, they even come with booze.The above one is sold with un-aged Rye for making your own whiskey, but hey once you have the barrel nothing is stopping you from becoming a crazed professor or mixology right in your very own home.
Win an invitation to Barrel Aged Cocktails with the Urban Food Guy:
A few days ago I asked for your input as to what barrel aged cocktail I should make next. So far a few of you have chimed in (thanks for that), but I sure would love to hear from more of you. To inspire you I am going to make you an offer: the first 15 readers to make a comment telling me which of the 3 listed I should make will get an invite to a cocktail party at our place when the cocktail (or cocktails if I decide to make 2) has reached maturation (about 6 weeks give or take). Leave your comments here or here.
1. I’d love to hear from everyone, but for you to come to a cocktail party you need to be visiting NYC or live close enough that you will be actually able to attend.
2. You have a week. Contest ends April 5th.