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Honey Barrell Cocktail


The Honey Barrell

Warming, spirit-forward, and just a little bit sweet, the Old Fashioned is a natural choice for an after-dinner drink. This version from Head Bartender Pete Stanton of Ai Fiori NYC plays up the dessert-y aspects of the drink without veering into overly sweet territory.


Inspired by Barrell Bourbon Batch 031’s toasty, honey-nut overtones, Stanton reached for nocino, an Italian green walnut liqueur, as a flavor partner. It adds sweet and nutty characteristics, but also brings a hint of bitterness. Oloroso sherry adds another layer of dry, almost saline nuttiness while also softening the cask-strength bourbon. Honey and orange lift these bold flavors into bright, floral balance.


Honey Barrel

● 2 ounces Barrell Bourbon Batch 031

● ¼ ounce nocino

● ¼ ounce honey syrup*

● ¼ ounce Oloroso sherry

● 2 dashes orange liqueur

● 6 dashes aromatic bitters

● Strip of orange zest

● Honeycomb toffee, for garnish


Add all ingredients except honeycomb to a mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir well. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass with a big ice cube, and garnish with the slice of honeycomb toffee.


*Honey syrup

Dissolve one part hot water into three parts raw honey. Stir until fully incorporated.