5 Best Barrel-Aged Cocktails in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
The Sailor's Song, garnished with a lemon peel, may not look like much, but it has tons of flavor.
Sailor's Song at Virtu Honest Craft
For a complex and spicy barrel-aged cocktail, look no further than Virtu's Sailor's Song ($12). The rum-based drink ages for eight weeks with nutty Velvet Falernum and Angostura orange in new oak barrels. Before serving, the glass gets a Hum rinse to add an extra exotic spice and floral element to the already spiced, smooth, and caramely cocktail. Sure, there's a lot going on with the Sailor's Song, but each sip is like a new experience that you just have to try for yourself.

Kenta Usuzawa
There's always a new barrel-aged cocktail working at the Barrelhouse in Chandler.
Rotating Special at Barrelhouse American Kitchen & Cocktails
Since Barrelhouse opened, they've dedicated cocktail menu real estate to $12 barrel-aged cocktails, which rotate out to try new combinations. One of the most unique Barrelhouse concoctions aged to date was a combination of aquavit, cognac, and Guatemalen coffee beans. Currently you can get a Bijoux out of the barrels with gin, sweet vermouth, and green chartreuse, each representing gems in the jewel-named classic cocktail. The combination has been barrel-aged for three months in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels, but the crew is already working on two other barrel-aged concoctions for the future.

Honorable Mention:
Fer-groni at The Local

Heather Hoch
Although The Local has only been open a couple days, we were wowed last weekend by their barrel-aged Fer-groni, a take on the Negroni that replaces gin with Fernet Branca. The Fer-groni to date is only barrel aged a little over a week as of now, but we can't wait to see what this strongly herbal drink develops into with some more aging time.

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Location Info

Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


40 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Virtu Honest Craft

3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

320 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Barrelhouse American Kitchen & Cocktails

2050 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Local

1011 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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