Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Barrel-Aged Cocktails

We are very excited to let you know about our new barrel-aged cocktail program at High Steaks!  Our cocktail has finished it's oak maturation and all the work and patience has paid off.  We decided to start with a classic, the Manhattan, made with the finest spirits.  Hudson Four Grain Bourbon was mixed with Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, and Angostura bitters.  We then poured the cocktail into a 5 liter charred American White Oak cask and let it rest in our cellar for almost 4 weeks before bottling yesterday.  The result, all the traditional flavors you love in a Manhattan, with additional complexity from the aging process.  We detect vanilla, caramel, and warm spice notes from the oak, as well as a lovely sherry-like quality that comes from gentle oxidation.  You have to experience it for yourself, so come to High Steaks and try a barrel-aged cocktail. 

P.S. - We just started aging our next projects, so check back in 4-6 weeks and we will be bottling those!