Casual Friday: Happening Happy Hour Cocktails

BarrelAged

Headed out to happy hour tonight? Then you must try the hippest thing at the bar right now, the barrel aged cocktail. It is just what it sounds like. Take a classic cocktail and age it like wine for 4-6 weeks.  Why you ask?  Mixologists swear that by aging the cocktails in wood barrels it melds the flavors together creating a smoother drink. These aged cocktails are comprised of only alcohol, like the Manhattan, Negroni, and Martini. Last month, Robert Simonson wrote a New York Times article about the trend and his own experiment at home.  If you are that brave, check out Jeffrey Morgenthaler's Bar Bandits blog which includes recipes. I think I'll leave it to the experts. Here are a few spots known for their barrel aged specialties. Cheers!

This video features the owners of Aviary in Chicago testing their barrel aged creations: