Just in time for cold and flu season, two barrel aged cocktails are set to make their debut here at Charleston Place. Guaranteed to warm you to the core, these classic cocktails are currently being featured at the Thoroughbred Club, located in the lobby of Charleston Place Hotel.
Barrel aged cocktails have been growing in popularity since 2009, when a London bartender was credited with putting aside a few casks of brown water to set a sell. Here at Charleston Place, our very own master mixologist, Malachi Topping, is experimenting with oaky aging to add his own flare on these classic cocktails. Using two, two- liter casks behind the bar, Topping mixed Famous Grouse with Tennessee Honey and Irish Whiskey with Carpano Antica Vermouth, then let them age for three months. His first two creations include a throat-warming Scotch and Honey, plus a smooth Old Fashioned.
To make your own version of the Old Fashioned, follow Topping’s recipe below or just stop in to try the barrel aged liquors for yourself.
2.5oz Bourbon Whiskey
0.5oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 dash of Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
0.25oz Laphroaig 10yr Isley Scotch
Orange Twist for Garnish
Rinse a chilled coupe with Laphroaig 10yr Islay Scotch and discard the excess. Squeeze the orange twist into the glass to release its oils. Run the twist around the rim, twist and place on the side of the glass. Combine the Whiskey, Fresh Lemon Juice and Bitters in an ice filled mixing glass. Stir 30 times.* Strain into glass, serve and enjoy.
*This is not an arbitrary number. The number of stirs changes the amount of water added to the cocktail which impacts the flavor and mouth feel. A drink that is stirred properly will have a rich, silky texture and be less watered down.