Treat Your Dinner Guests to This Barrel-Aged Spiced Whiskey Cocktail

Get inspired by a bartender's fresh take on a classic.

Preparing a barrel-aged whiskey cocktail isn't as intimidating as it may sound and there's a lot of room for creativity. To get inspired, we asked Shae Minnillo, a bartender at Manolito in New Orleans, for a fresh take on a classic recipe. "I like the idea of somewhat seasonal baking spice flavors that are versatile enough for a party punch or tiki applications, as well as sipping neat, in a Hot Toddy, or as an Old Fashioned tweak. The end product will be versatile and enjoyable for so many applications."  

Barrel-Aged Spiced Whiskey



  • 1 bottle Irish Whiskey
  • ½ teaspoon Allspice
  • ½ teaspoon Clove
  • 6 sticks Cinnamon
  • 4 Star Anise Pods
  • 4 Ripe Bananas
  • 2 bags Early Grey Tea


Step one

Mix all ingredients together in one large jar and let sit for two days.

Step two

Strain liquid into a two-liter oak barrel and age for three weeks.  

Recipe provided by Shae Minnillo