Want a cocktail that’s been aged in barrels to let the ingredients get happy together? Try barrel-aged cocktails. They’re all the rage on the drink scene in Las Vegas. Whether it’s a Negroni made with smoke, a whiskey concoction with figs, a nuevo version of a Manhattan or even a flight of mellowed cocktails, Vegas has it. Here, 11 bars serving up barrel-aged cocktails in Las Vegas.Read More
Where To Find Barrel-Aged Cocktails in Las Vegas
Eleven places that let their cocktails stew for at least a month.
Crush features the Wild at Heart, made with Wild Turkey 101, aromatic bitters, barrel-aged bitters and sugar. All is aged together in a barrel and then served over ice with a splash of soda and garnished with an orange.
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Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars and Cut at the Palazzo are about two to four weeks from getting barrel-aged cocktails. Both restaurants are getting in barrels to mix a Negroni as well as either a barrel aged Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
An intricate barrel aging program infuses the creative selection of draught cocktails with layers of complex flavors, utilizing custom oak barrels tended in house.
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Hakkasan’s smoky Negroni is a head-turner. Grand Marnier-soaked wood chips are smoked and combined with the Negroni, ready in the decanter. The two are combined and served with an ice sphere.
N9NE has a fig-infused Manhattan that stews for a month in Wild Turkey 101 rye with figs for a month. Also available, Rock & Rye, with Hochstadter’s Slow & Low and an ice sphere. This gets served in a sherry-rinsed whiskey glass.
Oak & Ivy: An American Whiskey Den
Some of the barrel-aged cocktails here include the Angel's Envy Manhattan with Angel's Envy Bourbon and Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth; the Blood and Clovers with Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey, Cherry Heering and Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth; and the Wright Flight with Wild Turkey Rye, Luxardo Maraschino, and Rothman & Winter Créme de Violette. All of Oak & Ivy's barrel-aged cocktails are mixed in batches and aged for a minimum of four to six weeks.
Petrossian Bar & Lounge
Examples at Petrossian include the Primo Margarita, made with Herradura Reposado hand-selected barrel cointreau and fresh lime and the Tennessee Highball, made with Bellagio Select Barrel Jack Daniel’s, fresh lemon and orange bitters.
Michael Mina’s Pub 1842 at MGM Grand stores, ages and serves a variety of cocktails with its barrel-aged cocktail program. Some of the cocktails include the Sin City, with Buffalo Trace, green Chartreuse, kaffir lime syrup and gold leaf, or the original old fashioned with bullet bourbon, sugar, water and bitters. For those looking to try all six of the barrel-aged cocktails, the six-shooter is available, with a sample of each cocktail and a beer to start the tasting and finish it off.
Rao’s has the E. 114th cocktail, which takes its name from the Italian restaurant’s original New York City location, and features a blend of Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth and Angostura orange bitters.
Rx Boiler Room
Rx Boiler Room from Rick Moonen has the Barrel Aged Contessa-Negroni with a blend of St. George Dry Rye Gin, Aperol, Campari, Dolin Rouge, and Carpano Antica.
Within its extensive menu of specialty cocktails created by Aria’s property mixologist Craig Schoettler, Sage offers two barrel-aged cocktails, including The Empire State made with Hudson rye whiskey, root liqueur, Punt e Mes and Angostura bitters, along with the Last Word, a concoction of Plymouth gin, green Chartreuse, Luxardo maraschino and fresh lime.