One of the gifts I'm giving to a family member this Christmas is a 2L charred American Oak cocktail aging barrel. Here are 5 cocktail recipe options I scaled up to 2L to go along with it.
The next cocktail I'm aging in my oak barrel is the Vieux Carré, a classic New Orleans cocktail with rye, cognac, vermouth, Benedictine, and bitters.
Aging this pear brandy for two months with a toasted oak stick turned the harsh spirit into something completely different. Right now I'm using it as a cocktail mixer. In a few more months it will be a regular sipper.