Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

The Carpenter's Breakfast

The Carpenter's Breakfast Barrell Craft Spirits Cocktail

  • 70ml Barrell Dovetail infused with Cinnamon Oatmeal (See Recipe below

  • 5ml Honey Syrup (3:1 honey to water)

  • 10ml Chilled water

  • 2 Dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Two of my favourite elements of the Barrell Dovetail are the complex spice finish and the creamy mouth feel, this cocktail uses a technique known as milk-washing to dial those elements up to eleven. This recipe looks like a lot of work but the main bulk of your time is letting the mix strain and at the end you have a whole bottle of cocktail! It took a lot of trial and error to get the balance of cinnamon and toasted oat just right so as to enhance the Dovetail profile but not overpower it. If you absolutely love cinnamon you can increase the amount in the infusion but I love how the spice creeps in right on the finish. The real beauty of this drink is you can batch it all and keep it in the fridge, no stirring or shaking required, just pour it over ice and serve.

The below recipe makes one 750ml bottle of infused Barrell Dovetail, you can easily halve or quarter the recipe to your liking.

  1. Toast 50g rolled oats in a medium saucepan until golden brown.

  2. To that same pan add 500ml full cream milk and 1/2 tsp ground dutch cinnamon.

  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and gently simmer for 20 minutes.

  4. Strain the milk and allow it to cool slightly, discard the oats.

  5. Slowly add 750ml Barrell Dovetail to 375ml of your warm milk infusion and gently mix allowing the milk to split (IMPORTANT: Always add the spirit to the milk, not the other way around, it does make a difference)

  6. Put the mix in the fridge overnight.

  7. The next day pass the mix through a coffee filter, straining off the curds. This step may take several hours so set up a vessel accordingly so you can walk away.

  8. Pour into your clean storage vessel of choice (if you so wish you can add your honey syrup, water and bitters at this stage to create a complete batched cocktail). The final mix should be refrigerated and consumed within 6 months.

NB; There may still be some slight cloudiness to the strained mix, if you want a crystal clear liquid pass the strained mix through the coffee filter and curds multiple times until you achieve your desired clarity.

Barrell Dovetail Whiskey Cocktail

Recipe courtesy of Ben Ingall - Bistecca, Sydney