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Barrel-Aged Cocktails
Photo/Jeff Harris/Drink Styling: Duncan Fitzpatrick
Want to put your personal stamp on any drink with a modicum of expense and zero know-how? Try barrel-aging. The setup is a small wooden barrel, a funnel and whatever ingredients go in your cocktail. The payoff is a savory drink that has the stones to stand up to a cigar.  The short soak in wood is miniscule, taking only a few weeks, but affording a noticeable boost, as the barrel melds the ingredients in the cocktail of your choice, while lending its own savor to the concoction. Think of it as the way stew improves as it sits after cooking. Small casks can be purchased on the Internet in a number of different sizes, and some drinks work better than others. …
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