I kept seeing Bespoke pop up in my Facebook feed advertising lots of “manly” type mystery boxes. I decided to give them a try. I guess mystery box is a misnomer since you know exactly what is in each box. You also get the option to pick a different box for the month or even skip the month. I really like that flexibility.

I opted for the “Aged” box this month. With the contents of this box you can pseudo-barrel age your favorite drink. Watch the video to see just how that turned out.

Bespoke Description

Cocktail Aging Kit

375 ml

Black Swan Barrels

Straight from the craftsmen at Black Swan Cooperage, this pair of charred honeycomb white oak barrel staves makes every flavor in your cocktail just a little smoother. Simply place one of your staves into the 375 ml vessel along with the pour of your choice, wait 8–10 days, and let the magic happen. Each stave can be used 4–6 times, with each subsequent use giving you a softer and subtler finish than the last.

There are two different approaches you can take:

Use an unaged liquor like gin, vodka, or white rum in your kit. Once it’s done aging, you can either sip it straight, or mix it into a cocktail to lend a warm, oaky presence. Mix a spirit-forward cocktail – like a Manhattan, Negroni, or Martini – then age the mixture to imbue the whole thing with a woodsy flavor. Just don’t use any recipes that contain ingredients that could spoil, like eggs or juice.

Once you’ve done the hard part (waiting), pour out your creation through the included cheesecloth strainer and sip away.

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