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Barrel-Aged Sweet Sorrow

Aging Time
3 Weeks


  • 30 oz. Forty Creek Single Barrel Select (or 100-proof rye)
  • 3 oz. Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy
  • 1 oz. Amaro Averna
  • ¼ oz. of Aperol
  • 1 bar spoon cinnamon syrup (recipe below)
  • Garnish: Orange twist


Combine all ingredients in your cured barrel and age for three weeks in your Gator Barrel. Once your desired taste preference is achieved, bottle it up and label it.

When preparing your cocktail, smoke your tumbler with oak shavings or oak sticks, then pour 2 oz. in a mixing glass with ice and stir for 10 to 20 seconds until chilled. Strain over a giant ice cube in an Old Fashioned tumbler. Garnish with an orange twist.

How to Smoke a Glass

To give your tumbler the lightest smoke flavour, first, rinse your glass with water. Then, chill your glass in the freezer. Prepare the cocktail, and right before you pour, take oak shaving or oak sticks and set it on fire, preferably with a blowtorch. Take your glass and place it over the flame to suffocate the fire.

Cinnamon Syrup

  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1⅔ cups water
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Combine all ingredients in a pot over high heat. Heat until sugar is dissolved, then reduce heat and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain out cinnamon sticks. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to six weeks.


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