Barrel-aged cocktails are one of the latest trends in mixology in which pre-mixed cocktails are placed in barrels to mature. The technique’s purpose is to change the cocktail’s character and flavour, mellowing any sharper flavours in the same way wines and distilled spirits are aged. But just as spirits, wine and beer benefit from aging in oak barrels, so do pre-mixed cocktails.
Barrel-aged cocktails are made and served at bars and restaurants across the country, but unlike wine or spirits, they are just as easy to make at home. Allowing classics like the Sazerac or Manhattan to age in oak for a month allows flavours to mellow and soften, while also adding a new dimension.