Barrel Aged Cocktail Recipe – Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned has been around since before Abe Lincoln was president and is one of the most popular bourbon cocktails of all time. Combining the full flavor of a bourbon or rye whiskey with the sweetness of the sugar and bitterness from Angostura bitters is what makes it absolutely delicious. Make sure whatever you do, start with a good bourbon. We made ours with the Herman Marshall Texas Bourbon Whiskey and it is quite tasty. Some have substituted bourbon for a rye whiskey for more of a spicy tang to the cocktail. You can use muddled sugar or simple syrup. We chose to use simple syrup since it is easier especially since we are making a larger batch than just one drink.
The Old Fashioned may be simple using only 3 main ingredients; bourbon, sugar and bitters, but the complexity your drink will retain by being aged in a barrel far exceeds the basic mix and drink you will get at the bar. Let those ingredients mingle and marry in the barrel and you will be quite surprised with the notes you will taste after just a few weeks.
- 25 ounces Bourbon (we used Herman Marshall Texas Bourbon Whiskey in our recipe)
- 2.75 ounces Simple Syrup
- 5 tsp Peychaud’s Bitters
- Orange slice or cherry for garnish
Pour all ingredients in to 1 liter barrel (except the garnish). Give it a little shake to mix ingredients. Now the hard part is waiting. We aged ours in the 2 liter barrel for about 5 weeks. You could age it anywhere from a week to over a month based on your taste preference. We suggest you take a small sample each week. When it gets to the flavor you like then remove it from the barrel and pour it in a bottle to save the flavor, then start your next batch. Once you are ready to drink, it is served in an old fashioned glass, on the rocks and stirred, garnished with the lemon peel. CHEERS!
Will make about 12-14 drinks per recipe. The longer you age it in the barrel the less you will have remaining since some loss due to Angel’s Share is imminent.