Barrel-aged Negroni

Adapted by StarChefs.com
August 2011
Yield: 1 barrel

INGREDIENTS:

1 part dry gin
1 part Campari
1 part sweet vermouth
orange peel

METHOD:

Soak a used whiskey barrel with warm water for at least 48 hours to swell staves and prevent leaking. Combine the gin, Campari and vermouth in a large container to make a big batch of Negronis. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a 2 ½ to 3 gallon Tuthilltown Spirits barrel and seal it.

After aging for at least 6 weeks, decant the barrel through a fine-mesh sieve into a large container to remove the sediment. Refill the barrel with water to prevent it from drying out. Decant the strained barrel-aged Negroni into bottles for service. Measure out the Negroni mixture with a jigger and pour into a chilled mixing glass. Add ice to the mixing glass. Stir with a barspoon until chilled. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe. Mist with orange peel and serve.