Craft Spirits Spotlight Recommended Reviews Vol. 25 No. 12

Barrelsmith Cocktails

Traditionally-inspired blended cocktails aged in oak barrels


Barrelsmith produces a series of blended cocktails inspired by their traditional counterparts.

Barrelsmith Negroni

The one constant in the Negroni recipe is Campari or at least a bitter-aromatic drink close to Campari. Barrelsmith Negroni is a blend of London Dry Gin, their own Rosso Vermouth, and Martha Outlaw’s Liqueur, substituting for Campari. 

Barrelsmith Negroni is not as bitter or spicy as a standard Negroni. I would call it a Negroni-inspired cocktail, but it is not a Negroni. It has a definitive smokiness derived from aging in oak barrels. It stands better on the rocks.

Alcohol %:  30

Barrelsmith Boulevardier

A Boulevardier generally substitutes the gin in a Negroni for Bourbon. Barrelsmith Boulevardier replaces the gin with a Straight Bourbon Whiskey, imparting a smooth, smoky bourbon with a tinge of sweetness and smokiness. It loses the bitterness and aroma that Campari or its equivalent provides, but it is still a pleasant drink to enjoy on the rocks.

Alcohol %:  30

Barrelsmith Manhattan

The Barrelsmith Manhattan is the closest you’ll come to a pre-mixed Manhattan. It has a slight oak flavor from aging in oak barrels and a tinge of citrus on the nose. The Straight Rye Whiskey and their own Rosso Vermouth blend well. Sip on the rocks and add a maraschino cherry for good measure. 

Alcohol %:  35

Country: United States
Producer: Barrel Crafted Cocktails.

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