Barrel-Aged Gin: 50/50 Martini

 By Jake Emen; Photography by Victor Sizemore


Cocktails are your friend when it comes to exploring barrel-aged gin. There are two ways to approach them. The first is to lean into the gin and use it as the featured spirit in your cocktails. Alternatively, you can flip the script, leaning into the flavors derived from barrel maturation and using the spirit to make whiskey cocktails. “The use of barrel-aged gins in whiskey cocktails provides a lighter body and mouthfeel than usual, allowing the botanical nuances to shine, and giving the whiskey drinker even more flavors to ponder through every sip,” Bahrami said.

Recipe originally published in the Fall 2021 issue of Bourbon+, in the article “Barrel-aged Gins: Your Botanical Gateway.” 

50/50 Martini

  • 1.5 ounces Citadelle Réserve or other barrel-aged gin
  • 1.5 ounces dry vermouth
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Lemon twist, for garnish


Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with expressed lemon twist.

Jake Emen
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The man behind Freelance food, drink, and travel writer who’s been published in Whisky Advocate, Eater, Tales of the Cocktail, The Whiskey Wash, Distiller and more.